What countries used to be weak but are now powerful?
Muhammad Ackakzai, studied at Columbia University
PRC of China was founded in 1949. Two years after my father’s country of Pakistan which was founded in 1947.
Pakistan not only had more assets than the Chinese state, which had only recently thrown off opium epidemics and civil war, but a national railway system left by the British.
Today China is poised to take over the Global stage, already has economically and seems to do so politically.
No other nation has pushed double digit growth like China has. A strong regional military to boot, Shenzen is the world’s hardware equivalent of Silicon Valley, and when it comes to super computers and AI they are doing things that seriously challenge anyone.
What makes China most powerful in my eye is how they turned the world order . You don’t have to be a democracy to be successful, there are alternative ways of governing
Nguyen Ba Giap, works at Eart
I can only say Singapore and partly China after the opium war.
Singapore is an island that has mostly fishing for its economy, under Le Kuan Yew turned out to be ASEAN tiger (or is it tigerfish?). Most of them are pro US. Countries that don't pro US should be in the list, not others after ww2.
Mathew Arun, Financial Analyst at The Bank of New York Mellon
The Richest country in the World.
Doha,Capital of Qatar in 1950.
Doha in 2019.
From an empty desert,Qatar rose to become the richest country in the world in just over 50 years.Thanks to its vast Oil and Gas reserves.
One of the World’s wealthiest countries today used to be one of the poorest.
1.This country was oppressed by a foreign colonial ruler.
2.This country was devastated by war, a war that nearly destroyed the country.
3.This country has had two different military coupes in the last 60 years
4.This country just hosted the Olympics for the 2nd time.
What country am I talking about?
People used to greet each other by asking, “Have you eaten today?”
I’m talking about South Korea. This was what the country used to look like after the Korean War. The life expectancy was just over 50 years old. Major cities were completely destroyed, and people struggled to feed their families.
In the decades after the war South Korea’s economy skyrocketed, during a period which is often referred to as the “Miracle on the Han.”
Now South Korea is one of the richest countries in the world, with 11th largest economy by nominal GDP. Seoul is one of the biggest and prosperous cities in the world.
Seoul has the 4th largest metropolitan economy in the world behind Tokyo, New York, and LA.
South Korea is now one of the most technologically advanced countries in the world. Samsung, LG, Hyundai, and Kia are all extremely successful Korean companies. Korea has some of the fastest and most efficient train and metro systems in the world.
KTX, Korea’s modern trains system, travels at speeds 305km/h or 190mph!
I’m from America, but I currently live in South Korea, and in many ways I feel like Korea is more advanced than the richest country in the world.
Korea ranks above the US in life expectancy, and education, and has far cheaper health care. South Korea has the fastest internet speeds in the world, and the Seoul subway system is one of the most efficient in the world. It makes Washington DC’s subway system look like a bad joke.
Korea’s rapid economic growth helped transform it from one of the world’s poorest countries to the economic powerhouse that it is today.
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Thomas Chilton, travel blogger
This is what Vietnam looked like at the end of the Vietnam War, an event that claimed the lives of 58,000 Americans, and as many as 2 million Vietnamese.