There are many countries that have greater per capita levels than those enjoyed by Americans today. Doesn’t mean they don’t bow to Washington or pay tax to them in the form of ‘investment’. Doesn’t mean the Washington elite don’t look down their collective noses at them. India is poor in wealth not in power.
India doesn’t pay tax to a foreign power, neither did the Americans after their civil war.
China does. That is the difference between the two.