The prime minister of the United Kingdom, Boris Johnson, is receiving great social pressure to review the millionaire aid that the country sends to states like China or India, whose economies are four times larger than the British one.
According to data released by the British newspaper The Daily Mail, in 2018, out of a total budget of almost $20 billion, China and India received an impressive $200 million in taxpayer money, a 12 percent increase over the previous year.
Thus, foreign aid sent to China increased by $15.5 million to $73.4 million, in India the number increased by $6.5 million to $125 million.
What is striking is that China is the second-largest economy on the planet, behind only the United States and four times larger than the British economy.
Last month, China completed a multimillion-dollar test landing before its historic unmanned exploration mission to Mars next year.
Besides, China’s defense budget was $176 billion last year and was also spent and a year ago became the first country to land a robotic spacecraft on the far side of the moon as part of its 6.39 billion pounds ($9.19 billion) campaign to become a leading space exploration power, according to the Express.
India is an emerging economy with enormous financial resources. Both China and India are already developing and increasing their investments in their expensive space programs. India will launch its first manned space mission by 2022 and has allocated a budget of around $4 billion for the program.
Former International Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell criticized the findings and said he had “discredited” public spending, according to the British media Express.
“Spending hard-earned taxpayers’ money in China, a country powering out of poverty and attaining superpower status brings Britain’s brilliant development work into disrepute,” Mitchell said.
“The British public support aid being used to save lives and tackle humanitarian problems and disasters, they do not support this money being used in comparatively wealthy countries, such as China,” he added.
According to China expert Michael Pillsbury, the Chinese Communist Party has been developing a strategy for decades to hide its advances and progress to extract as many resources as possible from the Western powers, which it considers its enemies and rivals, before imposing its rule once it has achieved total economic and military superiority.