China admits it doesn’t need the £47m foreign aid handed over by Britain as Tory MP compares cash to ‘change down the back of the sofa for Beijing’
- International Development Secretary made the confession yesterday
- Penny Mordaunt said: ‘Not even China thinks it should be an aid recipient’
- She added that this issue is set to be discussed with ministers in the future
International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt who has been urged to ‘take a real a grip’ on aid spending amid questions about taxpayers’ cash going to China
China, which received nearly £47million in UK aid in 2016, does not believe it should be getting handouts.
The confession came from International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt yesterday.
It follows Tory MP Pauline Latham telling the international development committee the cash going to Beijing was ‘like change down the back of the sofa for China’.
Miss Mordaunt said: ‘Not even China thinks it should be an aid recipient.
‘What we are currently doing with China is not where we should be.’
She added she would discuss the issue with ministers.
Last week it was reported that the Department for International Development stopped its aid programme to China in 2011 but figures show that other Whitehall departments sent £46.9million in aid to China in 2016 – a rise of £2.6million on the previous year.
UK-funded schemes included improving dementia care in the port city of Qingdao and a schools programme to encourage children to consume less salt.
Ministers have issued repeated assurances that aid to China has stopped, saying in 2010 that it was ‘not justifiable’ to send millions to an economic superpower.
Britain is now the only major economy to hit the controversial foreign aid spending target, figures revealed earlier this month.
We provided nearly £1 in every £8 of the money doled out by the G7 last year as the UK aid budget soared to £13.9billion.
None of the other G7 nations – Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and America – met the international target of 0.7 per cent of national income on foreign aid.
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