Foreign aid to the People’s Republic of China since 1949 has taken the form of both bilateral and multilateral official development assistance and official aid to individual recipients.
But let’s move to the new age.
We are talking about a time when China becomes so big and powerful that not only that they don’t need our help they are our rivals on the world stage.
China has become one of the world’s largest two economies and is wealthy enough to buy up at least $1.3 trillion of the U.S. debt. But that hasn’t stopped Uncle Sam from continuing to send foreign aid to Beijing.
In 2014 the U.S. State Department and its USAID program provided nearly all of the $12.3 million in taxpayer-funded aid set aside for China. And another $6.8 million is on tap for Beijing for the same year, according to ForeignAssistance.gov.
With President Trump advocating for deep cuts to U.S. foreign aid, the debate has renewed over the role of foreign assistance funds in boosting growth, promoting democracy, and saving lives.
Since President Trump took office the aid took drastic cuts but still, millions of dollars go to China.
The print screen below is from USAID official site:
The report gies as an overview for the last fiscal year 2019, we gonna have to wait and see for the 2020 fiscal report.
The current foreign aid system was created by the 1961 Foreign Assistance Act, which attempted to streamline the government’s efforts to provide assistance around the world. The statute defines aid as “the unilateral transfers of U.S. resources by the U.S. Government to or for the benefit of foreign entities.” These resources include not just goods and funding, but also technical assistance, educational programming, health care, and other services. Recipients include foreign governments, including foreign militaries and security forces, as well as local businesses and charitable groups, international organizations such as the United Nations, and other nongovernmental organizations.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced back in February that the United States stands ready to spend up to $100 million to assist China.
“This commitment – along with the hundreds of millions generously donated by the American private sector – demonstrates strong U.S. leadership in response to the outbreak,” Pompeo said in a statement.
He said the U.S. government’s commitment would be met through existing funds “both directly and through multilateral organizations.”
Stephen Biegun, deputy secretary of state, told a media briefing that the funding would help support response efforts by the World Health Organization.
Biegun said the United States has also sent nearly 17.8 tons of medical supplies to China, including masks, gowns and other protective gear.
Why should we send Americans’ tax dollars to a well-heeled country capable of helping itself?
Where is China’s help to the U.S. now?
As countries struggle to respond to the pandemic, China portrays itself as a global benefactor
In the last few weeks, China has donated coronavirus testing kits to Cambodia, sent planeloads of ventilators, masks, and medics to Italy and France, pledged to help the Philippines, Spain and other countries, and deployed medics to Iran and Iraq.
The Chinese president, Xi Jinping, has offered comforting words, telling the Spanish prime minister, Pedro Sánchez, that “sunshine comes after the storm”, and adding that the two countries should step up cooperation and exchanges after the outbreak.
As the coronavirus outbreak spreads and countries struggle to respond, China has positioned itself as a leader and benefactor in public health, building the kind of soft power Beijing needs at a time of intensifying US-China rivalry and scrutiny of Chinese influence around the world.
The coronavirus first emerged in the central Chinese city of Wuhan in December and threw the country into a state of emergency as more than 80,000 people were infected and more than 3,000 died. Public anger and criticism over the government’s initial suppression of information and slow response, enabling the virus to spread, posed one of the most serious threats to the Chinese leadership in decades.
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