Debate Over China's Global Fund Recipient Status Resurfaces

U.S. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) has brought the debate on China’s share of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria’s resources to the House floor, the AIDS Healthcare Foundation has noted.

“Over the last 8 years, China has been the recipient of almost USD1 billion in grants. Conversely, over that same period China has only contributed USD16 million to the fund,” Rohrabacher said in a recent speech in the House of Representatives as quoted by the foundation from congressional records.

“This issue needs to be addressed, but nobody of course has the guts to address it because China is getting about a billion dollars’ worth of benefits, paying a pittance, while the United States pays $4 billion into this fund. What we’ve been doing in this case is borrowing from China to donate to a fund that gives back to China. Over the years, we then end up paying interest on the debt that’s been incurred by this very transaction,” the lawmaker said.

Michael Weinstein, head of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation said: “We commend Congressman Rohrabacher for exposing this ongoing AIDS funding grab by China. As the second largest global economy, the Chinese government should be showing more leadership on HIV/AIDS than it has over the past decade and it should also be shouldering far greater financial responsibility in helping to combat the global epidemic.”

As Devex reported, Jack Chow, former U.S. ambassador on global HIV/AIDS, was among the first to expose the status of China as one of the top recipients of aid from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. In an article for Foreign Policy, Chow added that “any grants China wins reduce the remaining money available for all eligible countries.”

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This claim was refuted by two experts in China studies who argued that multilateral aid received by China from the Global Fund does not come at the expense of AIDS funding for sub-Saharan African countries.

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