January 30, 2023

One of the more interesting aspects of the Biden classified documents drama is the emergence of a university-affiliated think tank named after the President that received millions as a “gift” from China while on paper it looked like little more than accounting code.

The Penn Biden Center in Washington, DC but part of the University of Pennsylvania is where the first classified documents were found and tells only part of a larger story of years of Chinese infiltration into American institutions.

China has been busy on this front. They have been involved in setting up secret police stations in New York and LA, engaged in massive land purchases in rural states, purchased defunct and derelict American college campuses, established Confucius Institutes in colleges and K-12 schools, and collected user data ubiquitous social media apps, the quest for telecom dominance, the push of fentanyl across the southern border, and the “gifting” of millions to universities and policy-oriented think tanks. These things are documented and are only what we know now. There could – and probably will – be more.

Less well known is the Biden family’s role in helping China in some of their efforts, although that part of the story promises to play out over the next few years as the Oversight Committee begins its investigation. Rep James Comer (R-KY), the committee’s new chairman, was already busy on this front before his party won the House.

So while the jury is still out on what the Biden family was actually Regarding China, reports indicate that Joe Biden’s son Hunter may have had access to some of these newly discovered secret documents while working for a Chinese energy company (and acting like a deranged dilettante). And above all, that his father played along. As Jonathan Turley put it:

“Emails on Hunter’s laptop repeatedly refer not only to Joe’s knowledge but also to efforts to hide his involvement. … Code names for Joe Biden such as “Celtic” or “The Big Guy” have been used in emails. One mentions that “the big one” might get a 10% cut in a deal with a Chinese energy company. There is also evidence that Hunter pays his father’s bills from joint accounts.

The Biden family’s relationship with China’s influence operations has Comer and House Oversight firmly in their sights, but the information will no doubt be difficult to remove. Perhaps that’s because, as Newt Gingrich laments, everything looks like what many already assume happens all the time in DC: unbridled and shameless corruption:

[T]There is virtually no public accountability or transparency about the money trail here. It goes without saying that Chinese sources will not share any information. And the University of Pennsylvania simply refuses to obey the law and report the foreign donations.

I worked on this for several years with the Trump administration’s Department of Education, and we just couldn’t get the University of Pennsylvania to open their books and explain where all the Chinese money was coming from.

Consider that the current Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, was the manager of the Penn Biden Center. Several other Biden team members were paid by the University of Pennsylvania between Joe Biden’s vice presidency and presidency.

Meanwhile, in apparent appreciation for having placed him at the center, Joe Biden appointed former university president Amy Gutmann as US ambassador to Germany. Likewise, David Cohen, the former chairman of the university’s board of trustees, is now the US Ambassador to Canada.

It is disappointing that indifference to what the current President of the United States and his family have done to help China succeed is so pronounced, to the potential detriment of United States national security.

As Jim Geraghty writes at National Review, nationally it is remarkable. “If I told you that a company effectively controlled by the Chinese government paid Hunter Biden nearly $5 million for vaguely defined ‘consulting’ and legal work, wouldn’t that bother you?” he writes. “Even if you’re a loyal Democrat — even if you’ve been progressive enough to stand to Bernie Sanders’ left — do you want members of the President’s family to have sex with the Chinese government?”

Put another way, is it reasonable to take the silence and lack of outrage shown by progressives—by their lawmakers, spokespeople, and voters—as an answer to these questions?

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