Hunter Biden’s dealings with the defunct Chinese company CEFC Energy not only offer a tale of corruption but of potential penetration by Chinese intelligence. He has been under federal tax investigation since 2018, linked to his Chinese business dealings.
While it is hard to say at the moment, there is evidence to suggest that the younger Biden may have been knowingly or unknowingly compromised by Chinese intelligence.
What We Know: Hunter Biden and His Troubles
CEFC Energy had close ties to China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) intelligence. It has become a focal point in the House Committee Oversight and Accountability’s investigation into allegations of corruption by Hunter Biden and other Biden family members, including President Joe Biden.
“The Committee on Oversight and Accountability is investigating President Biden’s connections to certain international and domestic business transactions and practices, including his family and associates who peddled influence to generate millions of dollars for the Biden family. The Committee’s review of testimony in a federal criminal prosecution—United States v. Patrick Ho—and other documents show that you have records and information related to the Biden family’s foreign business dealings,” House Committee Oversight and Accountability’s Chairman James Comer wrote in a letter requesting documents from former U.N. General Assembly President Vuk Jeremic.
Hunter Biden referred to Ho as “literally the f***g spy chief of China”; Hunter received a $1 million retainer to represent Ho.
CEFC Energy paid entities controlled by Hunter Biden and his uncle James Biden $4.8 million.
CEFC had been one of the largest energy companies in the world. The organization’s former website described its role as serving a “strong and powerful role for the interests of the Chinese state and nation.” Its top executives referred to each other with the Communist Party nomenclature of “comrade.”
It was closely linked with the Nishan Forum on World Civilizations, whose vice chairman PLA Lt. Gen. Xing Yunming was director of the Liaison Department of the PLA General Political Department (GPD). This branch of the PLA acts like an intelligence agency and exists to target foreign political and economic elites.
Its disappearance from chairman Ye Jianming was also closely linked to the GPD. CEFC had close ties to Chinese President Xi Jinping’s “Belt and Road Initiative” through which China has worked to gain economic and political dominance abroad. The media even dubbed Ye the “Belt and Road billionaire.”
Ye turned to former British SAS officer James Gillar seeking advice for potential partners on events. Gillar came up with the idea of enlisting the Biden family into the affair, the New York Post reported. He connected with Hunter Biden through a Biden family friend.
Jianming also had personal involvement in the China Association for International Friendly Contacts (CAIFC).
“The CAIFC is really an intelligence agency affiliated with the General Political Department to study foreign military strategies. Its goal is to come up with measures to destroy the PLA’s enemies,” Arthur Ding Shu-fan, from the Taipei-based Chinese Council of Advanced Policy Studies, told the South China Morning Post.
Hunter indirectly referred to Jianming as his “business partner,” noting he was the richest man in the world and that he was missing, in audio found on his laptop. Jianming disappeared in early 2018. Ye gave Hunter Biden a 2.8 carat diamond reportedly valued at $80,000 that Hunter claimed was worth $10,000.
After Joe Biden left the vice presidency in 2017, Ye offered Hunter Biden $10 million per year over a three-year period for introductions alone.
It remains to be seen what influence the Chinese gained over Hunter Biden and his father that might have lingering policy implications, especially if the president had an involvement in the transactions.
John Rossomando has been featured in numerous publications such as The American Thinker, Daily Wire, Red Alert Politics, CNSNews.com, The Daily Caller, Human Events, Newsmax, The American Spectator, TownHall.com, and Crisis Magazine. He also served as senior managing editor of The Bulletin, a 100,000-circulation daily newspaper in Philadelphia, and received the Pennsylvania Associated Press Managing Editors first-place award in 2008 for his reporting.