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Chinese government rebuffs Tokyo’s request to help fund tree-planting program in China

Kyodo

Beijing has rebuffed a Japanese request that the Chinese government contribute financially to a greenery foundation that supports tree-planting projects in China, a source close to the matter said Saturday.

Japan, which has unilaterally underwritten the projects for years as part of an aid program, wanted both countries to fund the work jointly given China’s economic rise. Japan allocated about ¥9 billion for the foundation in a supplementary budget for fiscal 2015.

The foundation was launched in 1999 as an initiative by then-Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi to increase the number of trees in China. The Japanese government set aside ¥10 billion at the time.

“It is necessary to continue projects (funded through the foundation) to promote friendly ties” between Japan and China, the source said on the reason why the program remains important.

The foundation has funded about 900 projects undertaken by Japanese nongovernmental groups, but its funding had dwindled to about ¥1.5 billion by the end of last June.

A veteran lawmaker in the ruling Liberal Democratic Party recently questioned the funding to the world’s second-largest economy.

  • Marisa70394

    No one is surprised to read that china refuses to fund something that would be good for their population. china’s government only thinks of how to support the party, not the people. Every decision the government makes is with one goal in mind: keep the party happy and prosperous. When it appears the government is helping its citizens, it is only to keep them from protesting by keeping them employed. There is no real altruism within the chinese government.

  • Marisa70394

    No one is surprised to read that china refuses to fund something that would be good for their population. china’s government only thinks of how to support the party, not the people. Every decision the government makes is with one goal in mind: keep the party happy and prosperous. When it appears the government is helping its citizens, it is only to keep them from protesting by keeping them employed. There is no real altruism within the chinese government.

  • Tachomanx

    I say that it would be best to stop all aid programs in China funded by Japan.

    Why?
    Because said programs have done very little if at all, to improve ties between countries or develop a better relationship between governments.
    Let China divert some of that bloated defense budget to it’s population’s well being.