Britain sent £71 million to China in a year as foreign aid

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab

Britain is to cut foreign aid money to China after sending £71 million in a year.

China has the world’s second largest economy.

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has ordered £2.9 billion to be removed from this year’s aid budget.

A source said the “axe would fall” on China.

Conservative MPs want an inquiry into why British taxpayers’ money was being spent on a country that is “breaking every rule in the book”.

Over the last few months Anglo-Sino relationships have soured.

Britain is concerned about the unrest in Hong Kong, human rights abuse of Uighur Muslims, and an alleged failure to stem the coronavirus pandemic.

There is also the brouhaha over the British Government tearing up its 5G deal with Chinese tech titan Huawei.

Britain’s move to cut aid funding comes after £71.6m of taxpayers’ money was spent either directly or through the UN and EU on China, some of it to help businesses compete with Britain.

Government sources said that a “line by line” review of aid projects had taken place and what were considered the “40 most vulnerable countries” would now be prioritised for help.

However, Mr Raab said the UK will continue to meet its commitment to spend 0.7 per cent of gross national income (GNI) on international development.

 


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Philip Braund spent 16 years at the Daily Mirror as a reporter and news editor before moving to ITV. He was the series producer of the ground-breaking investigation programme The Cook Report, Managing Editor at ITV's Millbank Studios, and Head of News at ITV Central. He has won national and regional Royal Television Society awards for documentaries.



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