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

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This update states that aid to China from the UK fell to approximately £48 million in 2021-22 – down from £82 million in 2019 – and it is expected to continue to decline rapidly in future.

However, it notes that there is still limited information publicly available on UK aid to China, despite ICAI’s previous recommendation that the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) should set out clear and ambitious standards for transparency for all UK aid spend. It also notes that the UK government does not have a plan to guide how it will end aid to China when, in the near future, the country becomes ineligible to receive ODA.

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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