The UK’s aid engagement with China

An information note providing a factual account of how UK aid has been spent by government departments supporting China’s own development, partnering with China on global development challenges, and working with third countries on their engagement with China.

  1. Status: Completed
  2. Published: 28 April 2021
  3. Type: Information note
  4. Subject: Transitioning development partnerships
  5. Location: China
  6. Lead commissioner: Sir Hugh Bayley

Planned update to information note

On 21 April 2021 the Foreign Secretary submitted a Written Ministerial Statement to Parliament which outlined the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office’s (FCDO) official development assistance (ODA) allocations for 2021-22. In this statement he confirmed that one area of UK ODA engagement with China, the FCDO’s ODA for programme delivery, would be cut to £0.9 million.

Research for the information note was completed before this announcement. We plan to update this note when we obtain further details of the government’s plans for other parts of the UK aid engagement with China.



Published 11 November 2020

Evidence gathering


Information note publication

Published 28 April 2021

Further scrutiny

Details to be confirmed