President Joe Biden has maintained over and over again that he has never known anything about his son Hunter’s business dealings; particularly those with China and Ukraine. However, emails reveal Joe Biden himself wrote college recommendation letters for the kids of a Chinese executive with ties to Hunter.
Writing a letter to help a kid get into college seems like some pretty personal behavior for someone who has zero idea of what his son does. Nonetheless, the Bidens keep up the charade.
Jonathan Li, the CEO of investment fund BHR reached out directly to Hunter Biden and his business partners on January 3rd 2017 asking for advice and assistance to get his son Chris into colleges such as “Brown University, Cornell University and NYU” the email mentioned specifically.
Shortly after, on February 18, Eric Schwerin, the then-president of Rosemont Seneca, the investment firm co-founded by Hunter Biden that helped BHR emailed Li the letter from Joe Biden, who was just weeks out of his vice presidency with the Obama administration.
“Jonathan, Hunter asked me to send you a copy of the recommendation letter that he asked his father to write on behalf of Christopher for Brown University.” Schwerin’s email stated.
“The original is being FedExed to Dr. Paxson directly at Brown,” added Schwerin, referring to the Ivy League school’s president, Christina Paxson. “It should be there by Tuesday at the latest (given Monday is a holiday here in the U.S.). Let us know if you have any questions. Best, Eric.”
That’s a lot of trouble to go through in order to help a Chinese businessman. The New York Post reports:
Li’s son and daughter were rejected from Brown and Georgetown respectively, despite Biden’s recommendations, The Post understands.
Hunter Biden introduced Joe Biden to Jonathan Li during a vice presidential trip to China in December 2013, according to an account a BHR representative gave The New Yorker in 2019. Days after the trip, according to author Peter Schweizer, Rosemont Seneca signed a deal with the state-owned Bank of China to create BHR, which still lists Li as CEO and Jim Bulger as a director.
Hunter Biden’s attorney Chris Clark said in November — less than a week after President Biden held a three-and-a-half-hour virtual summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping — that his client had finally divested his 10 percent stake in BHR Partners, but offered no further details.
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Shanghai: China’s Potemkin Village
Following a recent outbreak of COVID-19, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has imposed a month-long draconian lockdown on the residents of Shanghai. The CCP has used the outbreak to persecute its own citizens, including through forced evictions and quarantines, and placing alarms on doors to prevent COVID-19 people from leaving their homes. The harsh measures have resulted in food and healthcare shortages and separation of families.
But of course, we wouldn’t know that by reading the CCP-run press readily available in the United States. Instead of presenting the facts, the CCP engages in a comprehensive propaganda campaign that props up Shanghai as a Chinese Potemkin village. The CCP media asserts that China’s actions in Shanghai are benevolent and wise, while Western criticism is a product of malice. Chinese state-run media also insists that the Shanghai lockdown promotes economic stability in China and the world.
Claim 1: China Has the Best Policy for Combating COVID-19
The CCP media portray the Shanghai lockdown as the best and ideal policy. As cited by a XinhuaNet editorial, “China’s dynamic zero-COVID approach” is “the best option to save lives,” according to a “Rwandan researcher and publisher,” “…a miracle for us to learn,” according to a Kenyan scholar, and “a very ideal response,” according to Ethiopia’s National COVID-19 Response Task Force Coordinator. According to CCP media, Chinese citizens have greeted the Shanghai lockdown warmly, even with “[a] mixed sense of intensity, unity and hopefulness,” according to China Daily.
Claim 2: The West Hypocritically Defames China
The CCP press also accuses the West of lying about the Shanghai lockdown, and using COVID policies for nefarious ends. According to XinhuaNet, “Shanghai…has never imposed what Western media described as a ‘lockdown.’” Other CCP editorials actually accuse the West of malice. One Global Times editorial claims that the lockdown “has been deliberately exaggerated by the West.” Another Global Times editorial asserts that the Western approach of “coexisting with the virus” amounts to a way “…to drive out a large number of the vulnerable people with low immunity,” and a form of “cruel social Darwinism.”
Claim 3: China’s COVID Policies Result in an Economic Windfall to China and the World
The CCP also portrays the lockdown as necessary to achieve great economic growth in China and beyond. One Global Times editorial, while conceding that the lockdown amounted to a “sealing-off,” it is “a temporary measure to better resume work and production and to make the economy and society function more effectively. Its effectiveness has been proven.” According to another Global Times editorial, China’s policy is “widely considered to be the best strategy…to both contain the epidemic and ensure stable economic development.”
In an Orwellian fashion, Chinese press claims that China is solving, not causing, the world’s economic problems. According to XinhuaNet, “China has played a decisive role in stabilizing the global economy and resuming the supply chain disrupted by COVID-19.” Citing a Bloomberg article, the same XinhuaNet editorial claims that China “has prevented a huge number of deaths at home and ensured that everything from iPhones and Teslas to fertilizer and car parts continues to flow to the rest of the world.” Chinese citizens, of course, are collateral damage: Ji Qiwei, vice-general manager of SAIC Motor Passenger Vehicle, stated that “The domestic market may be impacted a little by the COVID-19 outbreak this year, but our export market will continue to see strong growth,” according to China Daily.
While the world continues to suffer economic and human damage as a result of COVID-19, China continues to revise history regarding its role. Through its propaganda in its English publications of Xinhua, China Daily, and Global Times, China seeks to portray itself as a benevolent force in the fight against the virus.
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