Tax documents indicate that the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation awarded or authorized future payment of approximately $23 million in grants to Chinese government organizations during its reporting period in 2022.
On its 2022 tax returns, the nonprofit designated as “foreign government” contributions to more than twenty distinct Chinese entities, including Chinese government agencies. A significant proportion of the grants were allocated towards initiatives pertaining to public health analysis and research, with a number of these projects focusing on vaccine delivery and diseases.
The Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the Chinese National Health Commission, and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs of the People’s Republic of China were among the recipients. The Gates Foundation contributed a total of $11.3 million to these government entities.
A number of the organizations receiving financial support from the Gates Foundation are accountable to the Chinese State Council, which the Chinese government designates as the “executive body of the supreme organ of state power.” The composition of the State Council is predominantly comprised of Chinese Communist Party members.
Moreover, Chinese universities that routinely conduct defense research for the Chinese military were supported by the Gates Foundation.
According to the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, despite receiving millions from the Gates Foundation, Peking University, Tsinghua University, and Shanghai Jiao Tong University conduct defense research for China and are supervised by China’s State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense. The Gates Foundation contributed nearly $6 million to these universities.
According to tax filings, the Gates Foundation also donated $100,000 to the China Ministry of Science and Technology for “global health” analysis and awareness.
The involvement of the Ministry of Science and Technology in the “863 Program” of the Chinese government is evident.
The 863 program “provides funding and guidance for efforts to clandestinely acquire U.S. technology and sensitive economic information,” according to the U.S. Director of National Intelligence. The House Select Committee on the CCP said the program supports the advancement of the Chinese military in a 2023 report.
According to the state-run media outlet Xinhua, the 863 Program, which is an active initiative of the Chinese government, was officially integrated into the National Key Research and Development Program of China under the ministry in 2016. The Ministry of Science and Technology website indicated that the program would remain operational until at least 2018.
A report from the Senate Homeland Security Committee in 2019 has identified the Ministry of Science and Technology as one of the organizations that participated in the “Thousand Talents Plan,” which was implemented by the Chinese government. According to the Senate report, the Thousand Talents Plan is a CCP-controlled initiative designed to recruit scientists and researchers with access to “state-of-the-art technology.”
Voice of America reported that in March, China restructured its science ministry in response to American efforts to restrict China’s access to advanced technologies, especially those with military applications.
The Gates Foundation also funded China’s National Health Commission to the tune of $3.2 million. CONTINUE READING…