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White House blacklists dozens of Chinese companies, including Hunter Biden-owned one
A Chinese company connected to Hunter Biden has been blacklisted by the Trump administration.
The White House has barred Megvii Technology and 27 other businesses from dealing with America over China’s abuses of Muslim minorities. Hunter Biden’s private equity firm, BHR, owns a stake in the company, Fox News reports.
Separately, China has rejected calls from Trump to investigate Biden’s business dealings in the country. Trump has accused Biden and his father Joe of cutting corrupt deals when Joe was vice president.
Trump admin blacklists Chinese companies
China has been criticized for its treatment of ethnic minorities, particularly Muslim Uighurs, who have been detained en masse in the country’s Xinjiang province, according to NPR. A recent U.N. report accused China of cutting open prisoners “while still alive for their kidneys, livers, hearts, lungs, cornea, and skin to be removed and turned into commodities for sale,” Business Insider reports.
The Commerce Department released a list of 28 state technology companies that it says help the Chinese government surveil and oppress Uighurs. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said that the U.S “will not tolerate the brutal suppression of ethnic minorities in China. This action will ensure that our technologies, fostered in an environment of individual liberty and free enterprise, are not used to repress defenseless minority populations,” he added.
Megvii, which designs image recognition and deep-learning software, said that it “strongly objects to the company’s designation on the U.S. Commerce Department’s Entity List, for which there are no grounds.” The company, which is backed by Chinese tech giant Alibaba, went public in Hong Kong in August.
Hunter Biden owns a 10% stake in BHR. He previously served in an unpaid role on the firm’s advisory board, but a 2013 visit to China with his father has raised eyebrows.
BHR received a $1.5 billion investment from the bank of China 12 days after Hunter Biden visited the country with his father on official business. Hunter Biden met with a co-founder of the firm on the trip, telling the New Yorker, “How do I go to Beijing, halfway around the world, and not see them for a cup of coffee?”
China rejects Trump’s call to investigate Bidens
Hunter Biden’s business in Ukraine has also drawn greater attention after Democrats launched an impeachment inquiry into Trump over them. Trump asked the president of Ukraine to investigate whether Joe Biden pressured Ukraine to fire a prosecutor who had investigated a company, Burisma Holdings, on whose board Hunter sat — to the tune of $600,000 a year.
Democrats have accused Trump of soliciting foreign election help, but Trump has maintained that he has a right to investigate corruption abroad. Democrats and the liberal media balked when Trump called on China and Ukraine to investigate the Bidens in comments at the White House last week.
China flatly rejected that call Tuesday, citing its commitment to “non-involvement” in other countries’ affairs. The blacklisting will likely cast a shadow over upcoming trade talks this week in Trump’s ongoing trade war with China, which called the listing “an excuse for its interference in China’s internal affairs.”
President Trump has relentlessly attacked “Sleepy Joe” and his son in tweets and campaign advertisements as Democrats ramp up their impeachment inquiry of Trump over his phone call with Ukraine. Meanwhile, the liberal media has summarily dismissed any conflicts of interest involving the Bidens as a partisan “conspiracy theory.”
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