What! The U.S. Government Donates Money to China for its Poor People

A post about “Foreign Aid for Development Assistance” from Global Issues reported that, “In 1970, some of the world’s richest countries agreed to give 0.7% of their gross national income (GNI) as official international development aid annually to countries that could use that money the most.

But since that agreement 45 years ago, despite billions of dollars given each year, rich nations have rarely met their actual promised targets. For example, the U.S. is often the largest donor in dollar terms, but ranks among the lowest when meeting the 0.7% agreed target—yes, that is less than 1%.

Curious, knowing that there is also hunger and poverty in United States, I went to Feeding America and learned that in 2008, 49.1 million Americans lived in food insecure households. Mississippi was the state with the highest percentage (17.4%) of food insecure households—and poverty is increasing in the U.S. while the wealthiest Americans keep getting richer at a faster pace.

With poverty that bad in the United States, why is America giving away so much money to other countries in foreign aid? Well, for one thing, the U.S. agreed to do it, and that means the country gave its word, and even though many Americans will probably grumble—especially members of the Tea Party, racists and Libertarians who probably don’t care of the U.S. breaks its promises again—they might also feel good that the U.S. isn’t keeping its word.

For instance, do you remember the 0.7% target that 29 of the wealthiest countries agreed to donate to the neediest countries? The U.S. donation is often if not always below that promised amount.

Way below!

In fact, only five of the 29 countries met their obligation in 2014: Sweden, Luxembourg, Norway, Denmark and the UK. Although the United States paid more due to the size of its Gross National Income (GNI), it was still ranked far below making the 0.7% target for donations and was #19 on the list right behind Japan with Sweden being #1.

ODA as per cent of GNI 2014

You might also want to learn the United States has had impressive growth in its GNI from 2010 to 2014. The World Bank reports that GNI in the U.S. went from $48,950 in 2010 to $55,200 in 2014 for each person.

What about China’s GNI?

China also had growth in its GNI from $4,300 for each person in 2010 to $7,380 in 2014 — 7.48 times less than in the U.S.

This might help explain why, according to The World Bank, China has continued to receive this foreign aid: $1.771 billion in 2011, $1.293 billion in 2012, $1.648 billion in 2014 and $1.856 billion for 2015.

In addition, the World Bank said, “With a population of 1.3 billion, China recently became the second largest economy and is increasingly playing an important and influential role in the global economy. Yet China remains a developing country (its per capita income is still a fraction of that in advanced countries) and its market reforms are incomplete. Official data shows that about 98.99 million people still lived below the national poverty line of RMB 2,300 per year at the end of 2012. With the second largest number of poor in the world after India, poverty reduction remains a fundamental challenge.”

Now, stop a moment and scroll back up and look at that chart of the names of the countries that have been sending foreign aid to China and other developing countries.

Starting in 1839 with the first of the two Opium Wars, Britain and France forced opium on the Chinese, and Germany became involved later with the burning of the Summer Palace near Beijing.

Then Japan caused the horrors of World War II slaughtering about 30 million Chinese after invading China. If you want to discover who encouraged Japan to become aggressive in Southeast Asia, I suggest you read The China Mirage by James Bradley to learn who the two U.S. presidents were that were responsible for World War II in the Pacific. One of the two presidents even encouraged Japan to militarize and become a major military power in Asia.

Could this foreign aid to China from, for instance, the United States, Japan, Germany, France and Britain be a means of atonement for more than a century of sins against the Chinese—a way to deal with the cultural and historical guilt?


Lloyd Lofthouse is the award-winning author of My Splendid Concubine [3rd edition]. When you love a Chinese woman, you marry her family and culture too. This is the lusty love story Sir Robert Hart did not want the world to discover.

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6 Responses to What! The U.S. Government Donates Money to China for its Poor People

  1. Lloyd,

    I find this post compelling. Living and working in Asia for half of my life I realized that the Gini Coefficient was growing in the US and many emerging economies and that the US Gov. downplayed an alarming percentage of Americans were falling below the poverty line. As one of my UN friends commented on all the economic indices – the US is gradually becoming a “developing country.”

    In order to mask this growing trend of marginalization, the education and media have to assist and that is why the educational institutions and US media fail to even expose the looming problems opting to focus on “edutainment” and “stopping STEM programs.
    “Let the Hunger Games begin!”

    • The U.S. is gradually becoming a “developing country” thanks to some of the wealthiest Americans in the world who already control 90% of the traditional media and spend billions on propaganda to fool as many American citizens as possible. There are educated Americans who are part of the public education system who are protesting and speaking out but the 90% of the media owned and/or controlled by the six CEO’s of six global corporations are not offering balanced and unbiased reporting on what’s going on.

      If you want to know who is protesting, I suggest you follow Diane Ravitch’s Blog. http://dianeravitch.net/

      Some of the wealthiest people in America are orchestrating a hostile take over of the U.S. Republic and democracy: for instance, Bill Gates, Eli Broad, the Walton family, the Koch brothers and a few others.

  2. anthony says:

    Mr.Lloyd Lofthouse: Thank you, thank you

    • Imagine how much money there would be to help educate the poor and create jobs for them if the U.S. wasn’t using its military as an often, mostly unwanted global police force for the world—a hammer and anvil to pound Amreican values and culture on the rest of the world. What I mean by that is did the world hold a democratic election and vote on the U.S. using its military as a global police force?

      Welfare spending in the U.S. versus military spending by country:

      We currently spend more on defense than the next 7 countries combined. Defense spending accounts for almost 20 percent of all federal spending — nearly as much as Social Security, or the combined spending for Medicare and Medicaid.


      Welfare comparison of OECD nations – what’s called Social Spending

      The U.S. is ranked #19 of 34 OECD countries and spends 19.2% of GDP on Social Spending (SS)
      The lowest SS is Mexico at 7.5%
      The OECD average is 21.6%
      The highest SS is in France at 31.9%


      Poverty rates in the United States increased over the 2000s, a trend exacerbated by the Great Recession and its aftermath. By 2010, just over 46 million people fell below the U.S. Census Bureau’s official poverty line (according to data from the Current Population Survey). This preview of The State of Working America, 12th Edition puts the U.S. experience with poverty in an international context, comparing the lower end of the wage and income distribution in the United States with that of “peer” countries, largely countries within the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) with roughly similar GDP per hour worked as the United States …

      Despite the relatively high earnings at the top of the U.S. income scale (as illustrated in the forthcoming The State of Working America, 12th Edition), inequality in the United States is so severe that low-earning U.S. workers are actually worse off than low-earning workers in all but seven peer countries. As shown in the figure, the United States ranks 12th out of the 19 peer countries shown.


      And the US has the highest poverty rate of all the OECD countries. In fact, it has a higher poverty rate than China.

  3. Debbie says:

    Another interesting post with another must read book. I was chilled when I just looked at the book blurb on Amazon.

    • What I learned while reading “The China Mirage” shocked me—there is so much most of the citizens of the United States do not know about the history of their own country—the horrible crimes committed by their own government, repeatedly, almost always working to help corporations make more money. And it’s still going on even in the U.S. where the government and corporations are attacking their own citizens by the millions. For instance, the corporate war being waged on the public schools across America that’s been going on for decades funded by, for instance, Bill Gates, Eli Broad, the Walton family, the Koch brothers, Hedge Funds, etc. They are trying to turn America’s children into an assembly line commodity.

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