Matt Ming from Beijing, China via Wikimedia Commons

Money intended to help American small businesses stay afloat during the economic shutdown has flowed into Chinese corporate pockets. A new analysis shows that they took hundreds of millions of dollars.  

At least 125 companies owned or invested in by Chinese entities received forgivable loans from the Paycheck Protection Program. The $660 billion federal fund launched in March to incentivize worker retention during the economic crisis. Questionable legislation permitted American subsidiaries of international corporations to obtain the loans, when an alarming number of the nation’s small businesses received nothing at all.

A minimum of 32 companies got over $1 million each, but the total amount authorized by the Small Business Administration and Treasury Department is estimated to be as high as $419 million. 

Horizon Advisory’s report does recognize that allowing foreign subsidiaries to take loans probably saved a yet to be determined amount of American employees from losing their jobs, but US businesses were irrevocably damaged by the losing out on nearly half a billion dollars earmarked for their survival.     

Not only did this critical oversight directly funnel American funds into the People’s Republic of China, some are companies the US has flagged as national security threats. Eight of the entities are directly linked to the People’s Liberation Army and considered to be complicit in the state sanction genocide of Uighurs. 

Many of the recipient Chinese companies operate in critical sectors of the US economy, including defense, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, aerospace, telecommunications, and media. The report firmly asserts that China is taking advantage of the pandemic crisis to weaken the US economy and national security.  

Tensions have been mounting between the United States and communist China over the autonomy of Hong Kong, trade, and espionage. In recent weeks both countries have forced shutdowns of diplomatic embassies.

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Jojodmonkey
Jojodmonkey
2 months ago

Simple, make them pay it back or confiscate their wealth and holdings!

Wilber Williams
Wilber Williams
2 months ago
Reply to  Jojodmonkey

not that simple,we own large companies in China as well..they would do the same to ourcompanies..

CharlieSeattle
CharlieSeattle
2 months ago

Corporate America should have bailed and left Communist China 3 years ago.

Wilber Williams
Wilber Williams
2 months ago

Why did this happen???????Feinstien worked for them to get this????China ownes tooooo much in the USA now,time to take it all back at a fair price.our market price not theirs.they have their fingers in all areas of business,from toys to hotels,electronics,food companies.

nbtb
nbtb
2 months ago

We must completely stop all Chinese influence and ownership of our land, companies, or whatever we need to do. Mr Trump understands and he will get help in the second term if we vote Republican in. Dems have sold us out as well as some Repubicans. Who can we trust – only Mr. Trump, he will fight them all and stand for American citizens. He words for nothing, donating his salary, is loosing personal money but does not care, and proves over and over he loves America.

Sandy
Sandy
2 months ago

Why do you only find out now? Their definitely is something wrong with the system!