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Why is Canada sending millions to Communist China?
Arecent Department of Foreign Affairs Survey found that only 4 percent of Canadians are aware that their government sends millions of dollars of foreign aid to China
every year. In 2020, the Canadian government sent out $6.5 billion in foreign aid; $14.2 million, or 0.2 percent, was allocated to China.
All of these millions were sent even while the Chinese government holds two Canadians in prison, former ambassadors Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor. These two men were arrested only days after Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou was arrested in Canada in 2018. The National Post
reports that 119 Canadians are currently in Chinese custody
In 2019, the Canadian government sent a $41 million payment to the China-controlled Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (aiib)
, which is only part of the $256 million it promised when it joined the bank in 2017. Canada is supposed to make the final two payments in March 2021 and 2022. This on average will cost Canadians $0.25 per day
. This capital will be used by the aiib to support infrastructure projects in Asia, or in other words, fund China’s leverage over Third World countries. But aiib contributions are separate from foreign aid.
According to the Canadian International Development Platform website
, Canada sent the following amount of foreign aid to China:
- 2019 – $41.9 million
- 2018 – $7.1 million
- 2017 – $8.5 million
- 2016 – $1.6 million
- 2015 – $0.1 million
- 2014 – $9.1 million
- 2009 – $77 million (peak contribution in data set available)
China has the world’s second-largest economy with a gross domestic product of $14.3 trillion. Why is Canada sending millions of dollars a year to China?
These foreign aid payments flow through various government agencies to various firms, groups and government organizations in China, which makes it difficult to determine what the funds are actually being used for. For example, in 2019, Environment Canada sent $5.8 million of multilateral aid to China. This means those funds were sent to an international organization or government group that favors development in that country. Additionally, Environment Canada sent $6.5 million bilaterally to China, and Environment and Climate Change Canada sent another $3.1 million bilaterally. Bilaterally
means the donor selects the specific group that receives the money or has conditions on how it is used.
That is a total of $15.4 million sent from Canadian government agencies to private companies or government-controlled organizations for, we would assume, climate-change measures in China in 2019. The National Post
reported that this money is being used to implement the Montreal Protocol
, an initiative to reduce the amount of ozone-destroying chemicals put into the atmosphere. That same year, China was criticized for violating the Montreal Protocol
(besides being marked as the largest polluter in the world
Another example of how these funds may be used is the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (cfli) being launched by the Canadian Embassy in China. This initiative funds local organizations in China that align with Global Affairs Canada’s “thematic priorities.” Here is a list of what the recipients need to be aligned with as listed from the Canadian government website
- gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls;
- inclusive governance, including diversity, democracy, human rights and the rule of law;
- human dignity, covering health, education and nutrition, including the response of local nongovernmental and not-for-profit organizations to coronavirus (covid-19) disease;
- growth that works for everyone, including women’s economic rights, decent jobs and entrepreneurship, investing in the poorest and most vulnerable, and safeguarding economic gains;
- environment and climate action focusing on adaptation and mitigation, as well as on water management.
This is in conjunction with Canada’s “Feminist International Assistance Policy to advance gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls as the most effective way to reduce poverty and build a more inclusive, peaceful and prosperous world.”
The cfli has an average budget of $24.6 million per year
for countries all over the world. This program was used in China in 2019, 2020 and 2021. Which groups received this money and how effective were they at promoting these themes? We will probably never know. Neither the Chinese government nor the Canadian government make these facts readily available.
However, this foreign aid is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Canada’s economic and political subservience to China.
Why is Canada sending millions to Communist China?