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Hunter Biden memoir listed ‘#1 Best Seller’ under ‘Chinese Biographies’ on Amazon

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Hunter Biden’s upcoming memoir “Beautiful Things” has been listed as “#1 Best Seller” in the subcategory of “Chinese Biographies” on Friday. President Joe Biden’s son has taken heat, especially from conservatives, for his foreign business dealings in places such as China and Ukraine while his father was vice president.

Hunter Biden’s new memoir will illustrate his battle with substance abuse, according to the Associated Press. His past struggles with addictions made national headlines back in October 2020 when a laptop that he allegedly owned and the information it contained were published by The New York Post in an exposé.

While the book will not be publicly available until April 6, many have already pre-ordered it.

As of 3:51 p.m. (EST), the memoir is still listed as No. 1 in the Chinese biographies subcategory. It should be noted that on the Chinese biographies page is the memoir “Disloyal” from Michael Cohen, a former lawyer for former President Donald Trump, and the successful book from author Jon Krakauer called “Into Thin Air.” Based on the subcategory page, the books appear to be those whose sales are trending within China, as opposed to the books being about or relating to China.

This reporter reached out to Amazon for comment but did not receive a response at the time of publication. This story will be updated to include their comment.

In the autumn of 2019, “Beautiful Things” was acquired but kept under wraps during the 2020 presidential election while Biden’s foreign business dealings became a target of then-President Trump and other conservatives and his finances being the center of an investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice, according to the AP.

Ahead of the book’s release, numerous authors have heaped praise upon the work such as Stephen King, Dave Eggers and Anne Lamott.

“In his harrowing and compulsively readable memoir, Hunter Biden proves again that anybody — even the son of a United States President — can take a ride on the pink horse down nightmare alley,” King wrote in his blurb. “Biden remembers it all and tells it all with a bravery that is both heartbreaking and quite gorgeous. He starts with a question: Where’s Hunter? The answer is he’s in this book, the good, the bad, and the beautiful.”

In a segment released in advanced by Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Biden writes in his memoir, “I come from a family forged by tragedies and bound by a remarkable, unbreakable love.”

On Thursday, President and First Lady Biden released a statement saying, “We admire our son Hunter’s strength and courage to talk openly about his addiction so that others might see themselves in his journey and find hope.”

Back in the autumn during a presidential debate, then-candidate Biden defended his son after Trump went after him.

“My son, like a lot of people, like a lot of people you know at home, had a drug problem,” he said. “He’s overtaken it. He’s fixed it. He’s worked on it, and I’m proud of him. I’m proud of my son.”

The memoir’s title is a reference to a phrase that Hunter Biden and his late brother Beau would say to one another after the latter’s 2013 brain cancer diagnosis, according to Breitbart News. Beau Biden in 2015 tragically passed away as a result of the cancer.

Hunter Biden is the oldest surviving child of the commander-in-chief. Back in 1972, shortly after the now-president was first elected to the U.S. Senate for Delaware, lost his first wife Naomi and their 1-year-old daughter in a car accident. Both Hunter and Beau survived the accident and sustained injuries.

While his father was vice president and the Obama administration’s public face for its policy toward Ukraine, Hunter Biden was on the board of a Ukrainian energy firm called Burisma Holdings starting in 2014 and the business dealings he made in the country at that time have come under intense scrutiny, especially from conservatives. Reports, as well as Trump and others, allege that Biden leveraged his father’s position in these dealings.

There are reports, too, alleging that Biden engaged in suspicious dealings in China.

Back in December, Biden confirmed that his “tax affairs” were being investigated by federal authorities.

Shortly following Biden’s publicly confirming the investigation, then-President-elect Biden said “I’m proud of my son” in response to Fox News reporter Peter Doocy’s asking if he thought his son committed a crime.

RELATED: Biden says ‘I’m proud of my son’ to reporter who asked if Hunter committed a crime

You can follow Douglas Braff on Twitter @Douglas_P_Braff.

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REPORT: China has vast network of covert police stations around the world

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China has a vast network of covert police stations abroad, according to a recent report by Safeguard Defenders, an NGO that focuses on human rights violations in China and other Asian countries. These police stations serve consular functions, but are also used by China to crack down on what the CCP deems “illegal” activity of Chinese nationals abroad. The police stations include at least 38 run by the Fuzhou City police, and 22 run by the Qingtian City police. Cities housing these police stations include New York, Toronto (which has three stations), London (two), Paris (three), Buenos Aires, Rio De Janeiro, and Tokyo.

Key findings of the report are below.

“Persuaded to return”

According to China, China has “persuaded to return [to China]” 230,000 Chinese nationals living aboard from April 2021 to July 2022 alone to face charges of fraud and telecommunications fraud. A Yangxia police station set up in Mozambique, for example, persuaded a Chinese national to return to China after being accused of stealing money from his employer. Chinese authorities also put pressure on the accused family to convince the accused to surrender.

Roughly 54,000 Chinese nationals were persuaded to return from northern Myanmar alone, in the first nine months of 2021. In July 2022, the government of Wenchang City warned that its citizens living in northern Myanmar must check in with their local police stations or face multiple penalties including blocking their children from attending urban schools back in China. Similarly, in February 2022, the government of Liayang City stated that Chinese “illegally staying” in northern Myanmar must return or the bank accounts of their immediate family members could be frozen.

The Nine Forbidden Countries

China has claimed that nine countries contain serious levels of fraud and telecom fraud perpetrated by Chinese nationals. Since November 2021, China has declared that Chinese citizens living in these nine countries must return to China immediately unless they have an “emergency reason” or a “strict necessity” to travel or stay in those countries. Those countries are: Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, the UAE, and Turkey. However, the report questions whether these countries are truly awash in such fraud, as most of China’s oversees police stations are in the West, and only one of the nine countries (Cambodia) has such a police station. Chinese staying in the nine forbidden countries, as well as threats to family members as stated above, creates a “guilt-by-association” atmosphere intended to repatriate the Chinese nationals.

Conclusion

According to the report, Chinese police stations abroad serve to bypass “bilateral extradition treaties or other mechanisms of judicial cooperation” to cooperate with CCP-linked NGOs which effectively “[sets] up an alternative policing and judicial system within third countries.” Instead of using international judicial cooperation, which establishes due process, the presumption of innocence, and the right to a fair trial, China uses the above “persuade-to-return” methods and transnational police stations to circumvent international law and coerce Chinese nationals to return to China for trials. These policies show the power of China’s long-arm oppression over its own subjects.

You can follow Steve Postal on Twitter @HebraicMosaic

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