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Chinese Imports Seized at U.S. Border, Disappointing John Kerry

The news could raise additional concerns about the Kerry family’s investment in Hillhouse China Value Fund L.P.

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John Kerry owns a $1 million stake in the investment group, Hillhouse China Value Fund L.P., which is backing LONGi Green Energy, a Chinese solar panel company that is known to use forced labor. Last week, U.S. Customs and Border Protection seized products being imported from the company under a “Withhold Release Order” which is “‘intended to prevent merchandise produced in whole or in part in a foreign country using forced labor from being imported into the United States,’ according to the CBP website.”

According to the Washington Free Beacon, “The news could raise additional concerns about the Kerry family’s investment in Hillhouse China Value Fund L.P., which the climate envoy disclosed at the beginning of the year. Although Kerry divested from many of his energy-related holdings in March, the list of divestments did not include Hillhouse, according to a disclosure Kerry filed in March with the Office of Government Ethics. The investment has drawn scrutiny from Republican lawmakers and China experts, who accuse Kerry of downplaying and enabling China’s human rights abuses while trying to win concessions from Beijing on climate change.”

Kerry even critiqued lawmakers for punishing Chinese solar panel companies. Free Beacon quoted Kerry saying, “‘On the one hand, we’re saying to [China], ‘You have to do more to help deal with the climate.’ And on the other hand, their solar panels are being sanctioned which makes it harder for them to sell them.’’’ Sympathetic to the Chinese companies, Kerry appears to find forced labor and the persecution of the Uyghur population insignificant when climate change is such a dangerous threat to life. 

Still, LONGi’s board of directors claimed that the Withhold Release Order “has not yet caused the company’s operations significant adverse effects.” However, the situation is being monitored in wake of the Biden administration’s ban on imports coming from China’s Xinjiang region where they are abusing human rights by using the forced labor of minority populations. 

The situation surrounding China’s violation of human rights in relation to the Hillhouse investment group grows even more troubling. “The Hillhouse investment group, which is run by Zhang Lei, an adviser to the Chinese government, owns a 6 percent stake in LONGi. Hillhouse is also a top shareholder of YITU Technology, a company that was blacklisted by the U.S. Department of Commerce for allegedly aiding the Chinese government’s surveillance of Uyghurs.”

With the news, and history, of such labor and human rights abuses in China, the Biden administration is being pressed to place penalties on these companies by lobbyists. The American Solar Manufacturers Against Chinese Circumvention (ASMACC) has been “lobbying the Biden administration to investigate the supply chain of LONGi specifically, and other Chinese solar panel companies linked to forced labor, and to impose additional tariffs on those goods.”

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  1. David A Brown

    November 9, 2021 at 12:29 pm

    How about the human rights abuse here in the good old US of A? See: J6 trespassers.

    • Vanessa

      November 9, 2021 at 11:14 am

      Still crying about J6??

  2. Francine

    November 9, 2021 at 11:14 pm

    Let us not forget that it was the President Trump who first re-instituted this very ancient provision of no imports from slave labor. His admin blocked ships from firms in China and Malaysia the first for slave labor and the second abusing Laotian imported workers. Let us again give Trump credit for that and not to billion dollar ChinaJoe

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Whistleblower: FBI manipulating cases to create ‘illusion’ of domestic violent extremism

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In a letter addressed to FBI Director Christopher Wray, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) said a whistleblower has come forward detailing how the FBI is manipulating cases related to the Jan. 6 Capitol riot to create “the illusion” that domestic violent extremism is a widespread problem in the United States.

Jordan, the top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, claimed the “manipulative case-file practice” was being conducted by the bureau’s Washington field office, which was instructing local FBI offices to open up cases on their books that were in fact simply related to the Capitol breach.

“The  FBI’s case categorization creates the illusion that threats from DVE are present in jurisdictions across the nation, when in reality they all stem from the same related investigation concerning the actions at the Capitol on January 6,” Jordan wrote.

“Such an artificial case categorization scheme allows FBI leadership to misleadingly point to ‘significant’ increases in DVE threats nationwide,” he added.

Jordan noted this particular whistleblower is just one of many with similar information: “consistent with disclosures we have received from other whistleblowers that high-ranking FBI officials — including a senior WFO official — are pressing front-line agents to categorize cases as DVE matters to fit a political narrative.”

The letter also brought attention to the inappropriate amount of resources the department has devoted to the January 6 Capitol riots:

“The whistleblower disclosed that the FBI is sacrificing its other important federal law-enforcement duties to pursue January 6 investigations,” Jordan wrote. “The whistleblower recalled, for example, being told that child sexual abuse material investigations were no longer an FBI priority and should be referred to local law enforcement agencies.

“Such a posture is not only a dereliction of the FBI’s mission to investigate violations of federal laws, but it is a grave disservice to the victims of child sexual abuse and other crimes that do not advance the FBI leadership’s political agenda.”

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