33 members of Congress sit on advisory board tied to Chinese Communist Party

Jim Patrick, WASHINGTON, DC- Another day, another story about Chinese influence over American politicians. This time, Breitbart is reporting that 33 members of Congress are currently listed on the “congressional advisory board” of an organization linked with a Chinese Communist Party (CCP) think tank, citing a Washington Examiner report.

The  Examiner reports that organization, the strangely-named Humpty Dumpty Institute (HDI) bragged about it’s partnership with the Taihe Institute, a China-based think tank which employs a number of current and former members of the CCP and the People’s Liberation Army as senior fellows.

In August, the Taihe Institute was one of three think tanks associated with China behind a report which referred to the United States as a “failed country” for our response to the COIVD pandemic, while pushing the false narrative that a military base in Maryland was behind the leak of the virus.

The list identified by the Examiner shows seven House Republicans and 26 Democrats sit on the advisory board, which “informally advises on programming and CAB [Change Advisory Board] members are active in HDI’s domestic and international activities,” the website says.

Breitbart reports that HDI has maintained a partnership with Taihe since 2017. HDI worked with Taihe on their first annual Taihe Civilizations Forum held in August of that year. HDI’s CEO was present for all of Taihe Institute’s forums, with the exception of the one held this year.

The Examiner reported:

HDI CEO Joseph Merante, a former career U.S. foreign service officer, spoke at the Taihe Institute’s annual Beijing-based Taihe Civilization Forum every year between 2017 and 2020.

During his talk at the 2017 Taihe Civilizations Forum, Merante urged China to improve its “cultural soft power” and worldwide influence by making better use of cultural and artistic exchanges.

And in his 2018 talk, Merante highlighted the HDI’s cooperation with Chinese businesses such as the video game developer Perfect world.

Upon learning HDI was tied to the Taihe Institute, a number of Republican House members condemned HDI, with at least some being unaware they were listed on HD’s advisory board, including Rep. Andy Harris (R-MD).

Harris told the Examiner:

“It comes as a complete surprise to me that I am listed as a member. I was never notified by the Institute that I was named to the “Advisory Board,” and I have had no interaction with the Institute at all since 2019, when I traveled on one sponsored trip to the Port of Antwerp as a member of the Ports Caucus.”

Furthermore, another Republican, Gus Bilirakis (FL) submitted his resignation from the board in a letter addressed to HDI:

“It is particularly abhorrent to me to be associated with an organization that has ties to a government widely known to actively support infanticide, engage in forced sterilization, exploit slave labor, and persecute religious minorities and political dissidents.

“Therefore I renounce any participation in HDI’s Congressional Advisory Board and seek the removal of my name from any promotional materials, documents, letterhead, and website references of your organization.

“Additionally, I implore you to reconsider your associations with the CP and to rethink what this connection has to your stated humanitarian mission.”

Breitbart noted that no Democrat member of Congress listed on HDI’s advisory board have yet spoken out against the organization after the Examiner’s blockbuster report. The Examiner did note that Texas Rep. Al Green (D) was removed from the website sometime between last Monday and Tuesday.

Among Democrats listed on HDI’s advisory board are some rather prominent House liberals, including Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-FL), Mad Maxine Waters (D-CA) and Mark Pocan (D-WI).

The strangely-named Humpty Dumpty Institute (HDI) received its name in 1998, with their mission defined as “putting the pieces back together,” speaking of broken international relations while also finding solutions to humanitarian problems. Those problems apparently do not include China’s human rights abuses of Muslim Uyghurs.

HDI says they have hosted over 550 members of Congress and staffers for summits with senior United Nations officials, while also organizing Congressional delegations to over 30 countries.

There is, however, no evidence HDI ever sponsored congressional travel to China. Republican members also noted they hadn’t discussed any matters related to China with the group.

Last Sunday, HDI issued a statement in which they claimed not to have accepted any funds from either the Taihe Institute or any Chinese Government entity. The group also said they had collaborated with the government of Taiwan on humanitarian projects in Vietnam and Sri Lanka, and had organized cultural programs in Taiwan.

While HDI also claims it hadn’t operated any program inside China, that doesn’t seem to match up with a January 2015 statement, in which they announced a Chinese video game developer, Perfect World, would represent HDI’s Higher Education Alliance program in Chinese universities, a five-year deal struck between the two groups.

Meanwhile, two other Republicans contacted by the Washington Examiner said they would maintain their affiliation with the group.

Rep. August Pfluger of Texas said, “After the Biden administration botched the Afghanistan withdrawal, I was pleased to work with any group willing to help confront the crisis. I am taking HDI at their word, and they have denied working with the CCP. If new information comes to light, I will reevaluate my position on the board.”

One other Republican board member, Rep. Don Bacon of Nebraska said the HDI’s press release “satisfied” him that everything was legitimate via a statement issued by his office:

“The congressman was not aware of any reported relationship with the Taihe Institute when he joined. HDI has confirmed they have spoken on cultural diplomacy and the need for dialogue at conferences organized by Taihe but they have never accepted funding from Taihe or the PRC. Rep. Bacon is satisfied with their explanation.”

Earlier this year, we warned about Chinese ties abounding among many individuals nominated by Biden for administration posts. For more on that, we invite you to:

DIG DEEPER

WASHINGTON, DC- What could possibly go wrong? President Trump warned about Biden’s ties to the Chinese, yet somehow “80 million” people “voted” for him. Well, we are about to find out exactly how much we’re going to be compromised. We warned you.

Bill Burns, Biden’s pick to head the CIA has been president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, which has enjoyed a decade-long relationship with the China-United States Exchange Foundation (CUSEF), the National Pulse has reported. The foundation dates back to at least 2009.

CUSEF is part of the Chinese Communist Party’s United Front, which seeks to “co-opt and neutralize sources of potential opposition” while encouraging other foreign interest to “adopt positions supportive of Beijing’s preferred policies.”

CUSEF has sponsored trips for CCP officials to speak at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the outlet reports.

For example, in 2009 CUSEF brought in the former mayor of Shanghai who also served as vice-chairman of the CCP’s Political Consultative Conference for a keynote speech, a trip that was paid for by CUSEF.

Moreover two years later, the founder of CUSEF Tung Chee-hwa spoke at a Carnegie event. He chairs the so-called “highest-ranking entity” which oversees China’s United Front.

The South China Morning Post reported that the Carnegie Endowment received “money from” CUSEF, and the two organizations often worked together on projects seeking to facilitate U.S.-China collaboration.

The two organizations also collaborated in 2012 on a project that sought to investigate the “views of the public and elites in five distinct categories—government, business, academia, the military and the media—regarding a number of national security issues, among them the nature of American and Chinese power both worldwide and in Asia to how each nation viewed each other.”

A collaboration was also developed with the China Strategic Culture Promotion Association (CSCPA), the leader of which is a former Chinese Navy officer who pushes a “strong” Chinese military.

The report, numbering 62 pages included a bevy of “recommendations for U.S. and Chinese policymakers, including the recommendation to ‘emphasize cooperation over competition’ and to ‘prevent the Taiwan issue from derailing broader cooperation.’”

As we said, what could possibly go wrong?

CUSEF produced a quarterly journal entitled “China-US Focus.” A number of Carnegie Endowment leaders have contributed to the publication, including a number under Burns’ leadership, who have contributed at least six articles to the publication together with Chinese Communist Party officials and People’s Liberation Army leaders.

That isn’t the only connection between the Carnegie Endowment and the CCP; introducing the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center, based in Beijing. A number of those associated with the institute have worked at the Chinese government-funded university as “guiding scholars.”

In addition, two of the senior fellows have significant, explicit ties to the CCP, including a man named Tong Zhao, who worked for the Office of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Government of Beijing Municipality, and Yan Xuetong, a member of the Consultation Committee of China’s Ministry of Commerce.

Not to be outdone, Tsinghua University is CCP leader Xi Jinping’s alma mater. It has a “clear connection” to the Chinese “state administration for technology and industry in discussions on what they can do to hep the national security,’ said former Senior Intelligence Officer and State Department official Nicholas Eftimiades.

That school was responsible in part for cyberattacks against the United States government and partners with such “news” outlets such as CNN and the New York Times for its “Marxist journalism” program, the Pulse said.

In addition, the center has hosted a number of American lawmakers as part of its desire to boost U.S.-China collaboration.

Those officials include former House Speaker Paul Ryan, former Secretary of State and US Senator John Kerry, and Elaine Chao, President Trump’s former transportation secretary and wife of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. How weird is that?

Biden’s “China problem” has a lot of conservatives and Republicans concerned. And unfortunately it doesn’t stop with Burns.

The National Pulse is also reporting that Biden’s pick for Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission delivered a keynote at the American Chamber of Commerce in China’s 2016 business conference held in Beijing.

Gary Gensler spoke at the group’s 2016 Asia Pacific Council of American Chambers of Commerce (APCAC) Business Conference.

A press release publicizing the event read:

“The theme of this year’s conference addresses China’s shift toward a new stage of economic development. Discussion topics will cover the wide rang of challenges and opportunities that are affecting US business in Asia, the future of Asia as a financial hub, China’s regional engagement, the “One Belt, One Road” initiative and the regional trading environment.”

The conference also included speakers from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), including the Ministry of Commerce’s Trade Representative, high-level leadership from state-run universities, think tanks and media outlets. American interests included corporations such as PepsiCo which were trying to access Chinese markets and…wait for it…DLA Piper, the firm where the husband of vice president Kamala Harris works. Another coincidence!

And the connections to Democrats don’t end there. Former Ambassador to China Max Baucus, a former United States Senator who was appointed by Barack Obama now consults for Chinese government-linked firms.

Baucus, who leveraged his ambassadorship into that arrangement, also gave an “off the record” keynote which identified the “environment and opportunities for US businesses operating throughout the Asia Pacific.”

Gensler meanwhile spoke at a luncheon which was entitled “China and the Global Economy: Slowing Growth, Increased Volatility and Implications for American Business.”

A group called AmCham China is a pro-Chinese Communist Party lobbying group, the leadership of which is comprised of American companies—investment banking firms, law firms, technology companies and so on—all invested in getting market access and outsourcing American jobs to China.

AmCham says:

“As a primary pillar in our pursuit of improving the business environment and helping American companies succeed in China, AmCham China’s advocacy efforts address a wide scope of industry needs and extend from the central government to the local municipality levels. AmCham China advocates on behalf of our members ‘evolving needs in the ever-changing China business landscape through a host of central and subnational government engagement efforts, large events such as the Annual Appreciation Dinner, and ongoing policy analysis and recommendations.”

Meanwhile, AmChan’s chairman has praised Huawei, a company which has collaborated with the Chinese military for years and was labeled a national security threat by President Trump and his administration.

The company’s ties to the Chinese Communist Party has raised concerns not only in the United States, but also in the UK and Sweden, which banned the use of the company’s equipment in their 5G networks. It is believed that Huawei uses its technology as a spying tool on consumers and governments.

Gensler is a typical Washington swamp creature of the type President Trump spent four years trying to eradicate from government.

He was Chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission under Obama, Chief Financial Officer of Hillary Clinton’s failed 2016 presidential campaign, and led Biden’s Federal Reserve, Banking and Securities Regulators Transition Team efforts, the Pulse reported.

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