'Britain is handing tens of millions of pounds in foreign aid to China – as Beijing spends billions exploring space.
Whitehall departments lavished £49.3million of the UK’s foreign aid budget on China in 2017.
Schemes funded included a £981,950 study into air pollution in cities and a £860,732 project to encourage the population to reduce its salt intake, while £58,555 went on developing a plan to help protect the Chinese giant salamander. The Department for International Development no longer sends cash aid to China but other Whitehall departments have continued to spend it there.
Handouts in 2017 included £333,614 from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills for research into providing gastric cancer screening in rural China. The department lavished £713,796 on a research programme into renewable energy systems such as floating offshore wind power and wave energy, and £107,711 on a survey into how China’s land and water use is causing widespread soil degradation.
The cross-Whitehall Prosperity Fund gave £34,627 to a project to develop China’s electric car industry, while the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs spent £35,701 on an anti-ivory campaign on social media.
International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt admitted last May that China does not believe it should receive foreign aid handouts.'
Read more: British government gives China £49.3million in foreign aid despite them having a space programme... and even Beijing can't understand why
Did you like this article?
Thank you for your vote!
14 June 2019
Absolutely nobody is shocked that a Tory housing scheme mostly benefitted the already-wealthy
28 May 2019
Corporate media accidentally admits higher CO2 levels were present on planet Earth millions of years before humankind ever existed
19 May 2019
Major British sexual health charity handed £132 million in foreign aid 'provided prostitutes for staff, donors and guests' attending official functions
From our advertisers
8 hours ago
US planning ‘tactical assault’ on Iran nuclear site to reciprocate 'tanker attack': Report
From our advertisers