Hunter Biden’s overseas business ventures are becoming a problem for his father’s nascent presidential campaign. In addition to Joe Biden’s having to deal with his son’s shady business dealings in Ukraine, it was just reported that Hunter Biden’s Chinese Investment Fund, Bohai Harvest, has purchased a large stake in Face++ Cognitive Services. The company specializes in facial recognition technology. The company manufactures “a mobile phone app built by the Chinese government to introduce a mass surveillance state and spy on its citizens.”
The app is used by the Chinese government “to spy on Muslims in China’s western province of Xinjiang, where an estimated 1 million Muslims are held in “re-education” camps.” This technology “provides authorities access to data that shows personal information such as their religious activity, blood type and usage of utilities.”
Human Rights Watch recently released a disturbing report about how the government uses the app. The group wrote:
Since late 2016, the Chinese government has subjected the 13 million ethnic Uyghurs and other Turkic Muslims in Xinjiang to mass arbitrary detention, forced political indoctrination, restrictions on movement, and religious oppression. Credible estimates indicate that under this heightened repression, up to one million people are being held in “political education” camps. The government’s “Strike Hard Campaign against Violent Terrorism” has turned Xinjiang into one of China’s major centers for using innovative technologies for social control.
According to a review of Chinese business filings by The Intercept, due to the way Bohai Harvest is structured (it networks with a number of other funds), Hunter Biden enjoys “close proximity to influential Chinese government and business figures which has made him an influential businessman in China.
It was reported several days ago by Dick Morris in The Western Journal that Hunter Biden accompanied his father on a December 2013 official visit to China. Shortly after their return, the Bank of China invested $1.5 billion in Hunter’s hedge fund, Rosemont Seneca Partners.
There is no question that Hunter Biden has benefitted financially from his father’s vice presidency.
Perhaps that might explain Biden’s reluctance to criticize China.
At a rally this week, Joe Biden downplayed the threat China poses to the U.S. either economically or militarily. He said, “China is going to eat our lunch? Come on, man! The fact that they have this great division between the China Sea and the mountains in the East — I mean in the West. They can’t figure out how they’re going to deal with the corruption that exists within the system. They’re not bad folks, folks. But guess what, they’re not competition for us.”
Trump called Biden’s comments naive. “For somebody to be so naive, and say China’s not a problem – if Biden actually said that, that’s a very dumb statement.”
Well, then again, Biden is not the sharpest tool in the shed.