Hunter Biden Associates Secured White House Meeting for Elite Group of Chinese Communist Party Members
Of course, the meeting helped Hunter and his associates down the line.
The New York Post has emails from Hunter Biden. Peter Schweizer and Seamus Bruner have emails from Biden associates Bevan Cooney and Devon Archers.
The latest batch dropped by the two men show how they managed to secure a meeting at the White House for the China Entrepreneur Club (CEC).
First, some background.
Cooney and Archer are currently in prison so what do they have to lose by telling the truth? After all, it seems like Biden is the only one who went unscathed:
Cooney is currently in prison serving a sentence for his involvement in a 2016 bond fraud investment scheme.
In 2019, Cooney reached out to Schweizer after becoming familiar with the revelations in his 2018 book Secret Empires. Cooney explained that he believes he was the “fall guy” for the fraud scheme and that Archer and Hunter Biden had avoided responsibility.
Archer, who was also convicted in the case, saw a federal judge vacate his conviction. But an appellate court overturned the lower court judge’s ruling, reinstating Archer’s conviction in the case. Archer, Hunter Biden’s longtime business partner, awaits sentencing.
Cooney, their associate who is currently serving a prison sentence on his conviction in the matter, later reestablished contact with Schweizer through investigative journalist Matthew Tyrmand. From prison, Cooney provided Schweizer with written authorization, his email account name, and password to his Gmail account to retrieve these emails. He authorized, in writing, the publication of these emails— notable because it is the first time a close associate has publicly confirmed Hunter’s trading on his father’s influence.
This tidbit always gets lost within reports of Hunter Biden: Archer was a roommate of Christopher Heinz, stepson to Kerry, at Yale. Then Archer worked on Kerry’s 2004 presidential election.
From what I can tell only Cooney and Archer corresponded but copied Biden on the emails:
For instance, on November 5, 2011, one of Archer’s business contacts forwarded him an email teasing an opportunity to gain “potentially outstanding new clients” by helping to arrange White House meetings for a group of Chinese executives and government officials. The group was the China Entrepreneur Club (CEC) and the delegation included Chinese billionaires, Chinese Communist Party loyalists, and at least one “respected diplomat” from Beijing. Despite its benign name, CEC has been called “a second foreign ministry” for the People’s Republic of China—a communist government that closely controls most businesses in its country. CEC was established in 2006 by a group of businessmen and Chinese government diplomats.
The CEC includes senior members of the Chinese Communist Party:
- Wang Zhongyu – President of China Enterprise Confederation, China Entrepreneurs Association
- Ma Weihua – Chairman of China Entrepreneur Club Chairman of the National fund for Techology [sic] Transfer and Commercialization (NFTTC）
- Jang Xipei – A representative of the 16th National Congress of the CPC, a director of the China Entrepreneur Club
Mohamed Khashoggi, an intermediary, asked Gary Fears if someone could set up a White House meeting for the CEC, noting one with “John Kerry would be great.”
Khashoggi described the possible meeting as “a soft diplomacy play that could be very effective.” He also enticed the associates by mentioning it could lead to “good access to [the Chinese] for any deal in the future.”
Fears sent the email to Archer on November 5. He pushed Archer to establish a meeting in the White House with CEC.
Archer responded on November 11 with two emails. He removed Hunter from the second email, probably because Hunter was overseas at the time:
In the first, on which Hunter Biden and Bevan Cooney were copied, Archer replied to Fears, confirming that he had met with Kashoggi, that it had gone well, and that it seemed “like there is a lot to do together down the line.” Though Kashoggi did not appear to be “a fit for the current Potash private placement,” Archer anticipated that “he’s a good strategic relationship as the mine develops.” Archer encouraged Fears and Cooney to meet with Kashoggi in Miami. He also explained that Hunter had not been able to call Fears because “Hunter is traveling in the UAE for the week with royalty.”
A minute later, Archer sent a one-line email to Fears and Cooney (omitting Hunter), in which he stated, “Couldn’t confirm this with Hunter on the line, but we got him [presumably, Kashoggi] his meeting at the WH Monday for the Chinese folks.”
Since Fears plainly had no hesitation in trying to discuss the CEC visit with Hunter, it is clear that Archer was not keeping secrets from Hunter. To the contrary, with Hunter overseas and thus more vulnerable to having communications intercepted, Archer evidently was taking pains not to connect Hunter in writing to the arranged visit of the elite Chinese group to the Obama White House, where Hunter’s father, the vice president, would end up meeting with the group. (Note that Archer discussed only mining business, not the White House visit being arranged for Chinese dignitaries, in the email on which Hunter was included.)
The meeting in the White House happened on November 14, but the visitor logs do not have a meeting with then-Vice President Joe Biden. But the biography of one CEC member mentions the members met Biden (emphasis mine):
The delegation included approximately thirty members, according to White House visitor logs. But those records also obscure perhaps the most important item for the Chinese delegation: a meeting with Vice President Joe Biden himself.
The visitor logs list Jeff Zients, the deputy director of Obama’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB), as the host of the CEC delegation. Obama had tasked Zients with restructuring and ultimately consolidating the various export-import agencies under the Commerce Department—an effort in which the Chinese delegation would have a keen interest.
A trip itinerary posted by the CEC also confirms the delegation met with Obama’s then-recently-confirmed Commerce Secretary John Bryson.
Curiously, the Obama-Biden visitor logs do not mention any meeting with Vice President Joe Biden. But the Vice President’s off-the-books meeting was revealed by one of the core founders of the CEC. In an obscure document listing the CEC members’ biographies, CEC Secretary General Maggie Cheng alleges that she facilitated the CEC delegation meetings in Washington in 2011 and boasts of the Washington establishment figures that CEC met with. The first name she dropped was that of Vice President Joe Biden.
It looks like the meeting helped Hunter and Archer:
The relationships established during that visit may have benefited Hunter Biden and Devon Archer down the road. Two years later, they famously helped to form the Chinese government funded Bohai Harvest RST (BHR) investment fund. One of BHR’s first major portfolio investments was a ride-sharing company like Uber called Didi Dache—now called Didi Chuxing Technology Co. That company is closely connected to Liu Chuanzhi, the chairman of the China Entrepreneur Club (CEC) and the founder of Legend Holdings—the parent company of Lenovo, one of the world’s largest computer companies. Liu is a former Chinese Communist Party delegate and was a leader of the 2011 CEC delegation to the White House. His daughter was the President of Didi.
Liu has long been involved in CCP politics, including serving as a representative to the 9th, 10th, and 11th sessions of the National People’s Congress of the PRC and as a representative to the 16th and 17th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party. Liu was the Vice Chairman of the 8th and 9th Executive Committee of All-China Federation of Industry and Commerce (ACFIC), an organization known to be affiliated with the Chinese United Front.
Hunter did not stop pursuing these deals with China as shown by emails from 2017.
Hunter wanted to have “lasting and lucrative” deals with the top Chinese private Energy Company, which would bring in tens of millions for his family.
The company was CEFC China Energy Co. based in Shanghai. Chairman Ye Jianming vanished in 2018 after Chinese authorities took him into custody.
CEFC went bankrupt in early 2020.DONATE
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