The terms are no longer used because
Posted by Ster on 4/4/2017, 9:30 pm, in reply to "Does "first world" mean a "developed country"?"
It was purely a Cold War identification. First world was aligned with the West, second world with Communism, third world non-aligned. China is not second or third world anymore because no one is anymore. As far as how people use the term nowadays, China is also not second or third world since they are the second richest country in the world.
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