Figures compiled by the House of Commons library reveal that the Government has continued to send tens of millions of pounds a year to the communist superpower, in spite of a pledge by aid minister Andrew Mitchell to halt funding in 2010.
In the decade since Mr Mitchell’s intervention, a total of £391million of taxpayers’ money was sent to China, despite the fact it is now the world’s second biggest economy. The final figure is expected to top £400million, as the details of spending last year have not yet been released. Annual spending peaked at £68.3million in 2019 and was still running at £51.7million in 2021, the last year for which figures are available.
Former Tory leader Sir Iain Duncan Smith condemned the spending – and said it showed that ministers were still not taking the threat posed by China seriously.