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Germany plans to stop foreign aid to China

DDP/The Local · 30 Oct 2009, 13:52

Published: 30 Oct 2009 13:52 GMT+01:00

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The controversial first move by Niebel, who was appointed despite having been a vocal critic of foreign development aid in the past, has angered opposition politicians.

Niebel indicated India was also in the government's sights for aid cuts. He said Germany, which spends more on development aid than any country apart from the United States, could find better uses for the money.

"Battling poverty is more important than ever for Germany. That means we should place our resources where they can help the most,” he told the paper. “Economic giants like China and India no longer fulfil these criteria.”

He did not specify how else the money might be spent.

The most recent figures available show that Germany gave China €67.5 million in 2007 and India €84 million in 2008.

Niebel’s party, the pro-business Free Democrats, went into coalition negotiations with Angela Merkel’s conservative Christian Democrats with the express wish of merging the development ministry into the foreign ministry – dramatically diminishing its importance.

The opposition centre-left Social Democrats development spokesman Sascha Rabbe called Niebel's appointment as development minister a "bad joke" after Merkel’s new cabinet was sworn in on Wednesday.

The Greens' spokeswoman for development, Ute Koczy, and Greens parliamentarian Viola von Cramon branded the plan an ''arrogant first act in office'' that would have ''disastrous consequences.''

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Co-operation with developing countries was essential to solving global problems such as climate change, the financial crisis and food shortages, they said.

Aid to China had long ceased to be about “help” or poverty alleviation, but was rather about targeted projects and programs, and fostering dialogue and co-operation, they said. They added that China also wanted to continue the co-operation.

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18:42 October 30, 2009 by Celeon
Well for instance its more than just ironic that Germany gives developing aid to a country which willingly harms Germany's economy by not acting on the mass copying of german trademark protected goods (For good reason as it is of course more than beneficial to their economy).

Not to mention its aggressive industrial espionage or even its economical income which makes the claim that China is still dependent on money aid completely rediculous.

The BND ranks China as number one on its foreign industrial espionage report. Beside Russia by the way.

By now it even warns companies to keep an close eye on chinese student apprentices seeking trainee positions in german companies. A huge portion of them seems to be sent here by chinese companies or even official agencies with orders to "learn" more than just job related things.
19:32 October 30, 2009 by Nemesis
In our lifetimes, China will be the worlds most powerful country, economically and militarily.

Aid in Billions would be pointless and stupid.

I do understand people's reservations as Cina is a growing power.


It is tens of millions of Euros.

That money can be used to create dialogue, links between the two countries, helping German-Chinese relations and helping to foster understanding of each others cultures.

That is worth 67 million Euro and is a bargain at that.

In the long term this is a good idea, beacuse sooner or later, it will not be the USA calling the shots, it will be China.
03:11 October 31, 2009 by beeker
Send your manufacturing plants to China and put a Walmart in every city and China will end up owning you, just as has happend in the US.
03:44 October 31, 2009 by Devtc33
China needs money? Who in the government figured this out.
06:33 October 31, 2009 by freechoice
There are more than one billion people are growing hungry everyday and I wonder how many of them are in China or India?

I suppose nukes, space programmes and copyright issues could feed those hungry people?
09:53 October 31, 2009 by Neutral
'The most recent figures available show that Germany gave China €67.5 million in 2007 and India €84 million in 2008.'

These amounts are actually peanuts. The aid was more symbolic and targeted. Any discontinuation, right after a new government assumed office, might send a hostile signal to China. Can Germany afford to go without a working relation with China, when countries like USA can't?
00:37 November 1, 2009 by kiwikraut
Why does the nation with the biggest army, population and cash-reserves on the planet need aid in the first place.

But, as things have it, aid given to China flows back to Germany angain in form of projects such as Transrapid Railway and others.

Now as times have changed and Germany amongst all the other nations is a bit strapped for cash, the buck(or the Euro!)schould stop here.

And that should coun't for all the other countries receiving generous aid as well.

Instead, aid should be given only to the neediest nations and in those cases in serious measures and amounts.

Navy Ships to Israel - for free ?!?!? Get real !!! Cheeky bastards, the cow is running dry !
22:55 May 24, 2010 by COPE2
anyone with a brain knows that aid is never about helping poor people. look at how much money israel gets from usa. are there people there starving? countries like germany give $1 and take back $5. thats the new imperialism since they cant rob people for natural resources. or maybe theyre doing both now. in this capitalist world, nothing is for free.
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