Following the developing controversies on Hunter Biden, let’s check on the facts we’ve known so far.
Hunter Biden narrated his business deals with CEFC China Energy in July 2019 in his New Yorker profile and claimed the company’s chief luxuriously gifted him a diamond.
His profile read that Hunter was initially accompanied by his associates in the first meeting with Ye Jianming, chief of CEFC China Energy. Hunter met Ye, who was then trying to make connections with prominent leaders of both US political parties.
As part of the World Food Program USA board, a nonprofit organization generating support for the United Nations World Food Programme, Hunter hoped Ye would give a hefty aid donation.
During the dinner, the two businessmen discussed the donation until the conversation shifted to business opportunities. Hunter Biden then offered the Chinese national to use his connections in identifying investment opportunities for CEFC China Energy in the US.
Hunter confessed that Ye sent him a 2.8-carat diamond later that night, which he said he “gave to his associates,” and claimed he “doesn’t know what they did with it.”
“Hunter began negotiating a deal for CEFC to invest forty million dollars in a liquefied-natural-gas project on Monkey Island, in Louisiana, which, he said, was projected to create thousands of jobs,” The New Yorker reported.
On the other hand, Ye Jianming’s company had close ties to the China government. CNN reported in December, “at its height, CEFC China Energy, aligned itself so closely with the Chinese government that it was often hard to distinguish between the two.”
However, despite the close ties, Ye Jianming reportedly angered the Chinese government that President Xi Jinping ordered his detention and has not been seen since March 2018.
New York Post story described one of the emails it published that the equity on the young Biden’s deal with the Chinese energy company would be split into six, including the phrase, “10 held by H for the big guy.” Ten appeared to mean 10 percent.
One of the recipients of the mail, Tony Bobulinski, confirmed to Fox News of its authenticity.
“The reference to ‘the Big Guy’ in the much-publicized May 13, 2017 email is, in fact a reference to Joe Biden,” Bobulinski told Fox News.
Bobulinski claimed that Hunter frequently asked his father, Joe Biden, for his advice or sign-off on several potential business deals. He said that Joe Biden’s denial of ever talking to his son about his business deals is not true.
Fox News also got a copy of an FBI “receipt for property” from the owner of “The Mac Shop” who apparently reported the MacBook laptop’s content to authorities. The property was labeled as 272D-BA-3065729. FBI uses “272D” as code to “Money Laundering, Unknown SUA [Specified Unlawful Activity].
Joe Biden has always been pro-China throughout his political career. He at least advocates closer relations with Beijing.
In the early days of his presidential campaign, Biden said China is not an economic threat to the US.
“They’re not bad folks, folks. But guess what, they’re no competition for us,” he said.