Sen. Moran Joins Sen. Barrasso in Introducing Bill to End Lending to China from World Bank & Asian Development Bank
Mar 29 2023
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) – member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence – joined his colleagues in introducing legislation to end lending to the Chinese Communist Party from multilateral development banks, including the World Bank and Asian Development Bank.
The World Bank and the Asian Development Bank were created to promote economic growth in developing countries and eliminate extreme poverty. Despite having access to capital and being the second-largest economy in the world, China is still receiving loans and assistance from both banks.
Since meeting the criteria for graduation from lending in 2016, the World Bank approved $9.6 billion in projects to China. The Asian Development Bank provided China with $10.6 billion in loans and $2.4 billion in non-sovereign commitments in China during that same timeframe.
“The World Bank and the Asian Development Bank should not be providing loans and assistance to China,” said Sen. Moran. “These banks were designed to help spur economic growth in developing countries, not the country with the world’s second-largest economy. This legislation will help reprioritize the lending from these banks and end loans to China.”
“China is the world’s second-largest economy, yet it continues to profit off World Bank and Asian Development Bank loans largely funded by American taxpayers,” said Sen. Barrasso. “While China obtains subsidized loans, it is engaging in predatory lending to developing countries across the world. As the largest contributor to these banks, the United States has a duty to make sure our money and resources are going to countries that need it most, not China. It’s time to stop sending Americans’ hard-earned tax dollars to the Chinese Communist Party. This legislation will put an end to lending to China and help refocus the development mission of the multilateral development banks.”
This legislation was introduced by Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) and was also cosponsored by Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.), Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), Mike Lee (R-Utah), Rick Scott (R-Fla.), Bill Hagerty (R-Tenn.), Eric Schmitt (R-Mo.), James Lankford (R-Okla.), Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), Mike Braun (R-Ind.), Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), Roger Marshall (R-Kan.), Bill Cassidy (R-La.), Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), John Hoeven (R-N.D.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.).
This bill requires the Secretary of Treasury to instruct the U.S. Executive Director at each of the multilateral banks to oppose any loan, extension, or technical assistance by the bank to China and to end lending to countries that exceed the criteria for graduating from lending.
The legislation creates an annual report to Congress:
- Assessing the status of China’s borrowing from the multilateral development banks,
- Describing China’s voting power, shares and representation at the banks, and
- Listing countries exceeding the graduation discussion income at each bank,
- Listing countries that have graduated from assistance from each bank, and
- Describing U.S. efforts to end lending to countries once countries exceed the eligibility requirements.
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