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援交部 (yuán jiāo bù): Ministry of Foreign Assistance

This is the pejorative name for China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Netizens complain about foreign-aid money that China sends to other countries, some of which are better off than China in terms of per capital GDP.

For example, in November of 2011, China donated a number of school buses to Macedonia. The donation was a sensitive issue because of a series of much-discussed bus accidents in China involving crowded, dangerous buses as well as trucks repurposed as buses.

Additionally, unpopular stances on international issues have earned China's Ministry of Foreign affairs this nickname. A very conciliatory statement by Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesman Hong Lei regarding Russia's capture of Chinese fishing boats resulted in websites decrying the stance of the Ministry of Foreign Assistance.


Buses donated to Macedonia


Overcrowded minibus in Gansu with over 62 passengers at the time of the accident.