The front page of today’s Daily Express reports the UK is giving £98 million in aid to India. Since 2015, DFID has not given traditional aid to India, instead providing world-leading expertise and private investments which boost prosperity, create jobs and open up markets for UK businesses, while generating a return for the UK at the same time. This is firmly in our interests.
India is emerging as a global power and is set to become the world’s third largest economy. It is becoming increasingly more important for the UK’s economic, security and geopolitical interests, and British development co-operation plays a vital role alongside our world-class diplomatic, trade and defence relationships in fostering the UK-India partnership for the benefit of both countries and as a force for good in the world.
As the piece recognises, not a single penny of British taxpayers' aid money has gone on India's space programme.