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Douglas Andrews / Oct. 6, 2020

China Owns the Bidens

When it comes to corruption and foreign influence, few families can match the Bidens.

When we look at the cover of Peter Schweizer’s 2018 book, Secret Empires: How the American Political Class Hides Corruption and Enriches Family and Friends, the first thing we notice is the size of Joe Biden’s mug. It’s huge, nearly twice the size of the one belonging to Barack Obama, the guy who 10 years earlier yanked him off the political scrap heap and made him vice president.

Clearly, Schweizer was trying to tell us something, in the same way that food manufacturers tell us which of their products’ ingredients are most abundant by the order they appear on a food label. And what he was trying to tell us is this: Joe Biden and his family have greatly enriched themselves at our nation’s expense.

This enrichment is what Schweizer dedicates chapter two of his book to – specifically, the link between then-VP Biden’s role in U.S.-China policy and a deal with the Chinese government orchestrated by his son Hunter’s investment firm, Rosemont Seneca Partners. According to Schweizer, Biden was negotiating some very sensitive issues with Chinese President Xi Jinping on an official visit in December 2013 — issues such as trade, technology transfer, and its muscle-flexing over disputed territories in the surrounding China Sea.

Biden got rolled. He played kissy-face with the ChiComs rather than forcefully representing our nation’s interests. But Xi and company made sure Joe and Hunter (and, disturbingly, Hunter’s young daughter Finnegan) felt like royalty. As Schweizer tells it, “Shortly after they return to the U.S., Hunter Biden’s firm receives a $1 billion private equity deal from the Chinese government. Not from an American business in China; from the Chinese government itself. It later gets increased to $1.5 billion. We have no way of knowing how much Rosemont made on the deal because there are no disclosure requirements.”

Three thoughts here: First, this sounds a lot like bribery. At the very least, it’s influence-peddling. Second, Schweizer hasn’t been sued for libel, which would seem to speak to the veracity of his reporting. Third, American journalism is dead, its “practitioners” are merely progressive political activists, and their work on behalf of Joe Biden should be reported as an in-kind campaign contribution.

How many voters know of the Biden family’s extensive engagement with and its vulnerability to the government of our nation’s foremost foe? Precious few, thanks to our corruptly incurious media. But a group of Senate Republicans has been trying to get the word out.

According to a report released two weeks ago by the joint Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs and Finance Committees, “Hunter Biden has extensive connections to Chinese businesses and Chinese foreign nationals that are linked to the Communist government. Those contacts bore financial fruit when his father was vice president and after he left office.”

Ben Weingarten provides additional analysis, writing, “[Joe] Biden helped make Communist China strong — again, while his family directly profited from it when he was in office — cultivating a relationship with Xi Jinping. The Obama-Biden administration was remarkably soft on China over its most grievous provocations, whether in terms of the catastrophic Office of Personnel Management hack, the militarization of the South China Sea, or its flouting of U.S. capital market regulations with impunity, gaining the imprimatur of the administration after lobbying Biden to ink a memorandum of understanding effectively normalizing its cheating.”

The Senate report is 87 pages long, and most of it concerns the Biden Crime Family’s quid-pro-quotidian adventures in Ukraine. You remember: the adventures with an utterly corrupt energy company called Burisma; the adventures that wound up getting President Donald Trump impeached instead of Joe Biden imprisoned.

The report’s conclusion, though, ties it all together regarding China: “The records acquired by the Committees show consistent, significant and extensive financial connections among and between Hunter Biden, James Biden, Sara Biden … and Chinese nationals connected to the Communist regime and [People’s Liberation Army] as well as other foreign nationals with questionable backgrounds. These connections and the vast amount of money transferred among and between them don’t just raise conflicts of interest concerns, they raise criminal financial, counterintelligence and extortion concerns. The Committees will continue to evaluate the evidence in their possession.”

The clock is ticking toward Election Day, and Xi Jinping is paying close attention. Because if Biden wins, Xi wins.

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