Update on the UK’s aid engagement with China

A factual account of changes in UK aid to China in 2021-22, as well as budgeted aid for 2022-23 and beyond.

  1. Status: Completed
  2. Published: 13 July 2023
  3. Type: Information note
  4. Subject: Transitioning development partnerships
  5. Assessment: Unrated
  6. Location: China
  7. Lead commissioner: Sir Hugh Bayley

Our approach

ICAI has now gathered more complete information on the changes in UK aid to China in 2021-22, as well as on budgeted aid to China for 2022-23 and beyond.

In producing this update, ICAI asked the government to share information on all 11 portfolios covered by the original information note. This update provides an overview of the trends and key developments that emerged from ICAI’s analysis of this information. Like the original information note it is not evaluative and not scored, but aims to address gaps in information on aid to China in the public domain.


Original information note published

28 April 2021

First update published

21 July 2021

Parliamentary scrutiny

IDC hearing 22 September 2021

Second update published

13 July 2023