MPs have demanded an inquiry after £71 million of foreign aid was revealed to have been sent to China in just one year.
The UK has sent the huge sum of taxpayers cash to China, despite the state’s economy being five times bigger than Britain and the second-largest in the world.
This comes as tensions brew between the communist state and the west over security and human rights issues.
It has been claimed some of the foreign aid money was used to boost Chinese firms against its British counterparts, reports Mail Online.
In the Department for International Development’s annual report, which was sent out this week, the large sum of money was disclosed.
The report was published just before MPs are set to go on their summer breaks.
Figures show £71.6 million was sent to China through a combination of direct British aid and a share of funding the UK sends to the United Nations and EU – which is then distributed.
According to Mail Online, the money has been used to fund primary school teacher training as well as teaching people to use technology.
Additionally, it has been used to support human rights, despite the state coming under fire for recent human rights controversies.
The report shows £968,772 was sent to promote human rights, democracy and the rule of law and around £4.8 million was sent to help reduce poverty by teaching people to use technology.
Former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith asked why Britain was sending money to China, a country which has “broken every rule in the book.”
A majority of the cash was sent to China in 2018, which was 29% more than what was sent in 2017.
This week, the US Secretary of State branded China an “evil empire” that is collecting the data of Brits through TikTok.
Mike Pompeo has warned the UK must work with the US to “convince the Chinese Communist Party to behave” in a bid to “confront evil.”