Newly-released tax documents reveal that the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has either handed out or approved future payments in the form of grants to multiple Chinese government-run organizations in 2022, to the tune of at least $23 million.
As reported by the Daily Caller, grants were awarded to over 20 Chinese groups, which the organization categorized as “foreign government” on its tax forms. Most of the money was given via grants that were ostensibly meant to fund health research projects, some of which included disease and vaccine research.
Among the recipients were the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs of the People’s Republic of China, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the Chinese National Health Commission, and the Ministry of Science and Technology of the People’s Republic of China. These four agencies alone accounted for $11.3 million of the $23 million total. Several of these groups report directly to the China’s State Council, which consists mostly of members of the ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP), and is described by the government as the “executive body of the supreme organ of state power.”
Furthermore, several of the organizations funded by the Gates’ organization include Chinese universities that conduct defense work for China’s growing military. Three examples include Peking University, Tsinghua University, and Shanghai Jiao Tong University; all three schools conduct defense research for the state, with their projects being overseen by the State Administration of Science, Technology, and Industry for National Defense.
Another recipient of Gates money is the China Ministry of Science and Technology, which was given $100,000 for “global health” research and awareness efforts. However, the Ministry is also responsible for the Chinese “863 Program,” an operation which aims to “provide funding and guidance for efforts to clandestinely acquire U.S. technology and sensitive economic information,” according to the U.S. Director of National Intelligence (DNI).
Bill Gates has come under greater public scrutiny in recent years for his extreme support of the vaccines that were developed in the aftermath of the Chinese Coronavirus pandemic, which also highlighted his friendly relationship with the Chinese government, as represented by these and other past financial contributions.