New York Post: Pentagon watchdog to audit $50M in US grants to Chinese research labs revealed by Sen. Joni Ernst 5_NYP_China

April 24, 2024 09:13 AM



By Josh Christenson | Full article at the New York Post

The Pentagon’s watchdog agency will audit more than $50 million in grants the US provided to Chinese pandemic pathogens research institutions between 2014 and 2023, The Post has learned, following a pressure campaign by Sen. Joni Ernst.

The Department of Defense Office of Inspector General informed Ernst (R-Iowa) and Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-Wis.) that it was formally investigating the funding to Chinese research labs or other nations “designed to enhance pathogens of pandemic potential,” a letter exclusively obtained by The Post shows.

“We will keep you apprised of our progress on this reporting requirement,” the letter from Inspector General Robert P. Storch reads, referencing an amendment put by the lawmakers into the 2024 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

“As more evidence emerges that our own tax dollars are advancing the interests of our adversaries, it’s clear we need greater transparency and accountability of how, why, and especially where our money is going.”

Through a joint investigation with the taxpayer watchdog OpenTheBooks, Ernst uncovered last May that the US provided more than $490 to Chinese groups between 2017 and 2022, of which $51.6 million.

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