Did China Airdrop Food Aid To Palestinians In Gaza?!

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Did China airdrop tons of food aid for hungry Palestinians in Gaza?! Take a look at the viral claim, and find out what the facts really are!

 

Claim : China Airdrops Food Aid To Palestinians In Gaza!

People are sharing videos on TikTok and WhatsApp, which purportedly shows China dropping tons of food aid to Palestinians in Gaza!

WhatsApp / TikTok : China drops tons of food aid for hungry Palestinians

China memberi bantuan makanan kod Palestina yg lapar

WhatsApp / TikTok : China’s aid to Gaza brings hope of survival to Palestine

大爱中国援助加沙物资愿给巴带来生存的希望

TikTok : Chinese Humanitarian Aid For Palestinians

Bantuan Kemanusian China utk Palestina

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Truth : China Did Not Airdrop Food Aid To Palestinians In Gaza!

This is yet another example of fake news created and/or promoted by the Chinese 50 Cent Army (wumao, 五毛) and/or pro-CCP netizens, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : China Never Airdropped Food Aid To Gaza

Let me start by pointing out that China never air-dropped any food aid to feed hungry Palestinians in Gaza.

So far, nine countries air-dropped food and other supplies into Gaza – Jordan, the United States, the United Kingdom, the United Arab Emirates, Germany, France, Indonesia, the Netherlands, and Egypt.

China never took part in any airdrop of humanitarian aid into any Palestinian territory, never mind Gaza.

Fact #2 : Video Shows Boeing C-17 Globemaster III

The example video above does not show the Y-20 cargo transport aircraft, which is used by the People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF). Instead, it shows a Boeing C-17 Globemaster III, which is commonly used by the United States and NATO countries.

Obviously, the PLAAF does not own or use any Boeing C-17 aircraft, so it is impossible for anyone to claim that those planes belonged to China.

Instead of showing China air-dropping food and other essential supplies to Palestinians in Gaza, the videos actually show American or British C-17 Globemaster III aircraft dropping supplies.

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Fact #3 : China Provided Some Aid

To be fair – China provided some aid – initially just 100 million yuan ($13.8 million) in aid.

But at the end of May 2024, President Xi Jinping announced that China would contribute an additional 500 million yuan ($68.96 million) in emergency humanitarian assistance, as well as $3 million in funds to the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East.

Fact #4 : Chinese Aid Is Disproportionally Small

However, it must be noted that Chinese aid is disproportionally small to its importance and economic strength.

Even when fully realised, Chinese aid is less than $86 million – just 7% of what the United Nations estimated in January 2024 that the Palestinians would require – some $1.2 billion in aid. It also pales in comparison to what other countries have sent to Gaza.

The Americans, for example, provided $180 million to Gaza through USAID by February 2024. In addition, the US military not only air-dropped supplies, it also built a temporary pier which cost $320 million to deliver more than a million pounds of aid (source) before it broke apart at the end of May, and had to be towed away for repairs.

Even smaller countries are contributing far more aid to Gaza than China. The UAE, for example, contributed 25% of all foreign aid to Gaza!

While credit should be given to China for the aid it promised, the contribution is far less than what the viral videos make it appear.

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Fact #5 : This Is Just Chinese Propaganda

This is really nothing more than yet another example of Chinese propaganda created or promoted by the infamous Chinese 50 Cent Army (wumao, 五毛), and/or pro-CCP netizens. Here is just the latest dozen I fact-checked:

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