Did the US government just steal 7 BILLION DOLLARS from the poor people in Afghanistan?!
Take a look at the viral claim, and find out what the facts really are!
Claim : US Government Just Stole 7 Billion Dollars From Afghanistan!
Pro-China groups and supporters are actively claiming that the US government stole 7 billion dollars from the poor people in Afghanistan, even while China donates food to them.
Here are a few example posts on social media.
Truth : US Government Did Not Steal 7 Billion Dollars From Afghanistan!
This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS created and/or propagated by the Chinese 50 Cent Army (wumao, 五毛), and here are the reasons why…
Fact #1 : US Froze 7 Billion Dollars Worth Of Afghan Central Bank Assets
First, let us get this right – the US government did not steal US$7 billion from Afghanistan.
This false claim is based on an executive order by the Biden Administration to freeze approximately US$7 billion worth of US-based assets owned by Afghanistan’s central bank – Da Afghanistan Bank (DAB).
Fact #2 : US Did Not Take / Use The 7 Billion Dollars
The US Feds are holding onto those assets, so they are not actually being taken or used by the US government.
- US$3.5 billion will be allocated for “the benefit of the Afghan people”.
- Another US$3.5 billion will be held, as they are subject to “ongoing litigation by US victims of terrorism”.
In essence, the Biden Administration is blocking the Taliban government from using the assets to purchase what they don’t believe would be in “the benefit of the Afghan people”. Chief on their mind would be weapons, and financing of terrorist activities.
One may argue that the Taliban is the Afghan government of the day – as reprehensible as they may be, and therefore have the right to access all of that money.
That may well be true, but it does not mean that the US government stole the money. After all, they did not take or use it for their own purposes.
Fact #3 : US Contributed $130 Billion To Afghanistan
Since their 2001 invasion toppled the Taliban government, the US government has massively funded the reconstruction and development of Afghanistan.
They spent at least $130 billion in funds for security, governance, development and humanitarian needs in Afghanistan.
The Afghan government was also highly dependent on aid, which contributed 40% of its GDP, and 75% of its public expenditure. Most of it came from the US government.
No doubt the US government felt that it at least has the right to dictate what the 7 billion dollars should be used for.
Fact #4 : US Continues To Contribute To Afghanistan
What most people are not aware is the US government has contributed, and continues to contribute, hundreds of millions of dollars to Afghanistan since the Taliban regained power.
On October 28, 2021, the US government announced more than $144 million in additional humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan.
Then the US government announced more than $308 million in humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan on January 11, 2022.
Fact #5 : Chinese Contribution To Afghanistan Is Paltry
China announced humanitarian aid worth 200 million yuan in September 2021.
While that sounds impressive, it is a paltry $31.4 million – just 4% of what the US has (so far) contributed in 2021 and 2022.
In fact, China is contributing far less than Japan, which has far less economic and geopolitical interest in Afghanistan. Even Sweden has pledged to donate almost twice as much as China.
As this table shows, the truth is quite different from what Chinese propaganda want you to believe.
|United States||$421 million|
|European Union||$277 million|
|United Kingdom||$113 million|
Fact #6 : China Seem More Interested In Publicity
Even though the Chinese pledged the aid in September 2021, they only managed to deliver five shipments of food, medical and humanitarian aid, up until 9 April 2022.
What you will notice though is that each delivery is accompanied by its own distribution ceremony for photo opportunities, and coverage in Chinese media outlets like CGTN, Xinhua, Global Times, etc.
From their constant publicity, you would think that the Chinese alone are supporting the entire Afghanistan on their mighty shoulders.
The truth is – China has always been miserly in its humanitarian aid, and the Chinese know it.
That’s why they often hype up their contribution, even shamelessly hyping up the sale of Chinese COVID-19 vaccines as a contribution to the world.
By casting aspersions on the United States, they deflect criticism for their lack of support of the Afghan people.
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