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The White House is pushing back against a claim from China that it leads the world in global health aid.
According to The Washington Free Beacon:
The Trump administration is aggressively working to counter China’s claims that it has overtaken the United States as a global health aid leader, with a senior administration official telling the Washington Free Beacon that Beijing’s newfound generosity is part of an effort to distract the world from its early cover-up of the coronavirus.
Western media outlets have praised China in recent weeks for pledging some $2 billion over the next two years in global health aid, fueling claims that the Communist regime is poised to overtake America as the world’s leading aid provider.
The White House is aggressively denying the claim, pointing to the fact that China still borrows more money from the United States and international donors than it has pledged to combat the coronavirus pandemic.
“China is trying to claim the mantle of leadership for the world while it’s also coming hat in hand to the U.S. taxpayer and other industrialized nations’ taxpayers,” a senior administration official told the Free Beacon, speaking only on background about the administration’s efforts to challenge China’s narrative.
The administration pointed out that the US donates around 40% of what the world allocates to those issues. This totals $9.9 billion while the rest of the world combined gives $16 billion.
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