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Lawmakers scrutinize US foreign aid to China
Lawmakers probe US aid to China, fueling anti-Beijing feelings in Congress
By The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) ' Lawmakers are scrutinizing U.S. development aid to China, America's biggest foreign creditor.

The House Foreign Affairs Asia subcommittee on Tuesday will examine $4 million in proposed assistance, mostly for promoting clean energy technology. The committee has put that aid on hold as it demands explanations from the U.S. Agency for International Development how the money would be used.

Aid to China represents a tiny portion of the U.S. budget, but it fuels outrage that a highly indebted U.S. government would borrow hundreds of billions from Beijing only to give some of it back as aid.

The panel's Republican chairman, Illinois Rep. Donald Manzullo, calls it "emblematic of the dysfunction in America's foreign aid spending priorities."

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