is reporting that Shadow International Development Secretary Andrew
Mitchell will tell the Party Conference that a Conservative Government
will end aid to China. Britain currently gives £38m pa in aid to China
although the communist state spent £20bn on this summer’s Beijing Olympics.
We hope that Mr Mitchell will also look at Britain’s aid to India. The Department for International Development has already signalled an end to aid to China; the position with the world’s other emerging supereconomy is much less clear. The Burning Our Money blog has noted a large increase in defence spending by India and wonders why UK taxpayers are paying for anti-poverty programmes in India: "Why doesn’t the Indian government tax its own booming economy? Or why doesn’t it, say, use some of the money it currently spends on defence?"
It’s time to stop UK aid to India and China and redirect it to the world’s very poorest nations.