Foreign Aid to China

October 2, 2010

Global Issues has a post about “Foreign Aid for Development Assistance” and says, “In 1970, the world’s rich countries agreed to give 0.7% of their gross national income as official international development aid, annually.

“Since that time, despite billions given each year, rich nations have rarely met their actual promised targets. For example, the US is often the largest donor in dollar terms, but ranks amongst the lowest in terms of meeting the stated 0.7% target.”

Knowing that there is hunger and poverty in America, I went to Feeding America and learned that in 2008, 49.1 million Americans lived in food insecure households. 

Mississippi was the state with the highest percentage (17.4%) of food insecure households.

With problems at home, why is the U.S. giving away so much money?

At Truth Monk, I learned that Norway gave the most foreign aid (based on a percentage of Gross National Income) to developing countries—about 6 times the U.S. percentage. See the graph.

The reason I was interested in this topic was a post I read at Yahoo News about China rises and rises, yet still gets foreign aid. It seems that China was given about $2.6 billion in 2007-2008 from Japan, Germany, France and Britain.

Japan was China’s biggest donor.

China defended its need for foreign aid because 200 million Chinese live in poverty and there are still huge environmental and energy challenges.

I found it interesting that China provided $1.4 billion in aid to Africa recently and an additional $200 million to flood-hit Pakistan, which means China receives foreign aid and gives some of it to other countries.

Now, stop a moment and look at the list of countries that have been sending foreign aid to China.

Notice anything? 

Starting in 1839 with the first of the two Opium Wars, Britain and France forced opium on the Chinese, and Germany became involved later with the burning of the Summer Palace near Beijing. 

Then Japan caused the horrors of World War II with about 30 million Chinese dead from Japan’s invasion.

Could this foreign aid to China from Japan, Germany, France and Britain be a means of atonement for national sins?

In fact, it seems that China has a big appetite for foreign aid, which is discussed in depth at Foreign Policy.

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Lloyd Lofthouse is the award-winning author of the concubine saga, My Splendid Concubine & Our Hart. When you love a Chinese woman, you marry her family and culture too. 

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