WASHINGTON, DC- Ties between members of the Biden administration and the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) continue to reveal themselves, this time putting a bullseye on CIA Director William Burns, according to the Daily Caller News Foundation (DCNF).
The outlet reports that Burns headed a Washington, D.C. think tank, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, between Feb. 2015 and Nov. 2021. During that time, Carnegie employed at least 20 members of the CCP while Burns served as president, with four of those coming on board during his tenure.
Not only did the organization employ CCP members, but also members with ties to the Chinese government.
The DCNF wrote that those members worked at both the think tank’s Washington, D.C. headquarters but also Carnegie-Tsinghua, located in Beijing and which was launched by Jessica Matthews, Burns’ predecessor in 2010 in collaboration with Tsinghua University.
In a case of a bit of cloak-and-dagger, expert profiles on Carnegie’s website failed to disclose the individuals’ ties to the Chinese Communist Party. It was only through analysis of hundreds of Chinese language, Communist Party branch records and personnel files, the DCNF said, that they were able to discover those ties.
At the time Burns was serving at Carnegie, the FBI raised alarm bells over the CCP conducting so-called “malign influence operations” against important American institutions.
In fact in 2020, FBI director Christopher Wray warned that the CCP was seeking to “influence our policymakers” and “manipulate our public opinion” by exploiting the “openness” of American society.
Yet for some reason, Joe Biden still selected Burns to head our primary foreign intelligence operation, and he was approved by the Senate, led by Democrats.
In light of warnings such as that issued by Wray, the DCNF reports, national security experts say that employing anyone with CCP or Chinese government ties “raises red flags.”
“It’s pretty much a fatal cul-de-sac that [Burns] finds himself in,” Steve Yates, former national security adviser to the vice president, told the Daily Caller.
“Either he appears to have allowed government-linked experts from a hostile power to affiliate with an organization boasting many former and future U.S. appointees or he didn’t know or bother to check—a remarkable lapse in operational security for a highly-cleared former U.S. official and pretty disqualifying for a director of Central Intelligence,” said Yates.
“If you can’t track who was in your think tank, running a much larger intelligence agency is the wrong line of work.”
So as has become typical in the Biden administration, instead of the “adults being in charge” as the American people were told, we have people running the show who appear to be compromised by those who seek to destroy our country. In other words, the JV appears to be running the country.
The embedding of Chinese party members right under the nose of the now-director of the CIA raises some alarming issues. For example, according to the Constitution of the Communist Party of China, CCP members swear an oath to “fight for communism” and “sacrifice everything for the party and the people.”
Further, China has an intelligence-gathering strategy called the “Thousand Grains of Sand” strategy, whereby Chinese intelligence seeks to recruit members of the overseas Chinese community to conduct surveillance and conduct information for Beijing, according to the CIA.
“If any Communist Party members have easy access to any sensitive information whatsoever, they’re certain to get a visit from Chinese intelligence,” said Yates. “They will have no choice but to gather and disclose on a regular basis going forward.”
Brandon Weichert, a national security expert and consultant for the U.S. Air Force noted that CCP members will go to great lengths to “avoid suspicion” as they conduct influence operations against foreign institutions.
“They’ll do their job and you will not know that they are actually Chinese agents of influence until the moment that Beijing decides they need something,” he said. “They could exist for years in a sleeper mentality.”
Burns didn’t slip by his senate hearing without a glitch, with Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) pressing him on Carnegie’s relationship to the China-United States Exchange Foundation (CUSEF). He testified…under oath…that he severed Carnegie’s relationship with that group.
Burns said that he “inherited” the relationship with CUSEF when he took the helm of Carnegie, and claimed he ended the relationship “not long after I became president.”
That statement…again made under oath…seems to stretch the bounds of reality. It was previously reported by DCNF that the relationship between Carnegie and CUSEF lasted for at least two years after Burns took the helm in 2015. That report was based on a now-deleted English language notice for a March 2017 joint event between Carnegie and CUSEF. It is, however, still visible in Chinese language reports for the event.
DCNF did note that a majority of CCP members employed by Carnegie were onboard prior to Burns’ tenure. One of those employees was the president of Carnegie China Management Board, Yan Xuetong, described as an “outstanding CCP” member and the “inspiration” for launching Carnegie-Tsinghua.
However Burns did bring on four CCP members during his tenure, including Yang Xiaoping, a South Asian expert.
The Daily Caller News Foundation reached out to the CIA, with a spokesman referring the outlet to Burns’ Senate confirmation testimony.
When it was explained that Burns didn’t address Carnegie’s hiring of undisclosed CCP members and individuals tied to the Chinese government, the CIA deflected and said they would need more time.
After several hours, they declined to comment and referred DCNF to Carnegie. Efforts to reach Burns were unsuccessful.
Deflection by the CIA, Carnegie, and Burns however didn’t satisfy some lawmakers, with Rep. Lance Gooden (R-TX) saying that “ignorance is no excuse.”
“Nonprofits and think tanks like the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace have budgets in the tens of millions of dollars. These organizations have the monetary resources and the manpower to properly vet their donors and their employees, yet they choose not to because both go hand in hand,” Gooden told the DCNF.
“It would not surprise me if the nonprofit sector has knowingly turned a blind eye to CCP members in exchange for donations or political favors,” Gooden said.
“If the reports of CIA Director Burns’ CCP contacts are true, there should be a full investigation into whether his ties to China disqualify him from government service.”
With Democrats in charge of Congress, don’t hold your breath on any hearings into Burns.
Meanwhile, Weichert told the Daily Caller that since think tanks such as Carnegie have “unique access to government officials,” it is important that they “vet their staff for CIA ties.”
“The fact that most think tanks are government influence operations, I’d say it is a very serious priority for them to properly vet their staff for CCP ties, as well as their donors,” Weichert told the Daily Caller.
Weichert also highlighted the fact that even if Burns pleads ignorance about Carnegie’s employment of CCP members and Chinese government allies during his tenure, that would prove he was “unfit to head the CIA.”
“If they can’t be trusted in that position to employ the right people who aren’t under the sway of foreign governments, how the hell can we expect them not to do the same thing when they’re in an even more important position of authority?” said Weichert.
A number of Chinese government officials also joined Carnegie’s board under Burns, as reported by multiple sources. Among them were Wang Chaoyong, vice-chair of the Center for China and Globalization (CCG), added to the board of trustees only months after Burns became president.
That organization is a pro-Chinese government group under the auspices of a former member of China’s State Council, who held leadership positions in multiple influence operations.
Want left Carnegie in 2019, however the senior vice chairman of CCG and a member of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, Zhang Yichen, remains on the board, as previously reported by DCNF.
There were also a number of other experts with Chinese government ties hired under Burns’ leadership.
Sen. Rubio slammed the Biden administration, saying “the Biden Administration doesn’t have a plan to protect America’s economic and national security from Beijing.
“Either they don’t understand the Chinese Communist threat or they simply don’t care because they’re desperate for solar panels and electric [car] batteries from China,” Rubio told the DCNF.
For more on Burns and his ties to the Chinese Communist Party, we invite you to read our prior pieces on him:
What exactly is it with the Biden administration and communist China anyway? The National Pulse has an exclusive report where they tell us that Joe Biden’s CIA director—William Burns—may have lied to the United States Senate in sworn testimony.
The outlet reports that the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace—formerly led by Burns—has continued its relationship with influence groups working with the Chinese Communist Party despite his testimony to the contrary.
Burns, who became president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in March 2015 testified during Senate confirmation hearings that he had “inherited” the think tank’s relationship with the China-United States-Exchange Foundation (CUSEF).
In testimony, Burns claimed to be “increasingly worried about the expansion of Chinese influence operations,” and was adamant he had cut the organization’s ties to CUSEF “not long after” he began his tenure at the think tank in response to questions by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL).
In questioning Burns, Rubio noted that CUSEF is part of the Chinese Communist Party’s United Front Work Department, which he said works “to co-opt and neutralize sources of potential opposition to the policies and authority of its ruling Chinese Communist Party” and “influence foreign governments to take actions or adopt positions supportive of Beijing’s preferred policies,” the U.S. government said.
In addition, the U.S. State Department compares the United Front to the Chinese communist regime’s “magic weapon” “to advance its preferred policies by infiltrating American politics, media and academia,” The National Pulse reported.
After Rubio’s comments, Burns claimed”
“…on the China-U.S. Exchange Foundation, this is a relationship that I inherited when I became president of Carnegie and that it ended not long after I became president precisely for the concerns that you just described because we were increasingly worried about the expansion of Chinese influence operations. Shortly after I ended that relationship, we began a program at the Carnegie Endowment on countering foreign influence operations which was aimed mostly at China and Russia and was supported in part from a grant from the Global Engagement Center at the State Department in the last administration.”
However Burns’ memory is either bad or he was lying, with the think tank continuing to accept funds and collaborate with officials tied to CUSEF during his tenure there. In addition, it recently released yet another research paper on the subject of cyber attacks, in collaboration with CUSEF and other Chinese Communist Party-funded institutions. That paper was released this March, which completely contradicts what Burns testified to under oath, National Pulse asserts.
“Managing U.S.-China Tensions Over Public Cyber Attribution,” a 76-page document was a collaborative effort between Carnegie and the Shanghai Institutes for International Studies (SIIS). In fact, a foreword to the work by SIIS President Chen Dongxiao thanked CUSEF for its “generous support” of the effort.
Moreover, a number of persons who contributed to the paper included some from the SIIS Research Center for Global Cyberspace Governance—a “joint effort” which included China’s National Defense University and the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences (SASS). That organization has been identified by the FBI as having close ties to the Chinese Communist Party’s top spy agency, the Ministry of State Security.
In fact, the FBI openly labels SASS as a “front group for Chinese intelligence collection and overseas spy recruitment,” and identifies it as a key player in a 2019 criminal case involving a retired CIA operative selling classified U.S. defense documents to the Chinese Communist Party.
The 76-page publication consists of six papers, written by SIIS fellows and their contemporaries at Carnegie, which focused on how governments should publicly respond to cyberattacks. Among chapter titles are “Attribution and Characterization of Cyber Attacks” and “The Purpose of U.S. Government Public Cyber Attribution.”
In a disturbing portion of the paper which seems to be a threat to U.S. national security, it describes the U.S. government’s approach to responding—publicly and privately—to cyberattacks conducted by China, in essence giving the Chinese Communist Party the American “playbook” on the issue.
In addition, the paper also “appears to undermine U.S. attribution of cyberattacks to Chinese actors,” with one SIIS official writing:
“Yet so long as the United States is making accusations outside of the international legal system and without sufficient evidence to hold the Chinese government accountable, Chinese observers will question the United States’ intention of launching unilateral accusations: Are they to warn against cyber operations? To simply point fingers at China? Or to ease domestic pressure? This further highlights the need for both states to strengthen communication and cooperation in public attribution.”
That paper follows on the heels of the Carnegie Endowment, which Burns said cut off ties with CUSEF-affiliated agencies, collaborating with SIIS on a publication which focused on nuclear energy collaboration in April 2021, The National Pulse continued.
For our prior report on Mr. Burns and his ties to the Chinese Communist Party, we invite you to:
WASHINGTON, DC- Don’t say you were not warned.
According to Breitbart News, Joe Biden’s nominee to run the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), William Burns has long ties to organizations tied to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
Just as his mentor, Barack Obama elevated slimy John Brennan to CIA director, Biden seems to be following in his footsteps.
Republicans, including former President Trump warned that Biden was weak on China, and that doesn’t even include the fact that his disgraced son, Hunter Biden had significant business ties to the CCP.
According to information provided by the Republican Study Committee, Burns is affiliated with prominent members of the CCP.
The report found that when Burns served as president of the board of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, he had welcomed a Chinese businessman, Zhang Yichen to the board.
Zhang is tied to two major CCP organizations, the Chinese People’s Political Consultive Conference (CPPCC) and the Center for China Globalization.
CPPCC is an advisory group for the Chinese Communist Party affiliated with China’s united front system, which promotes the Chinese government abroad.
The organization is described on a website of one Chinese embassy as “a united front organization under the leadership of the Communist Party of China and an organ for various other political parties, mass organizations and personages of various social circles to take part in the running of the state.”
Carnegie was given millions of dollars by Zhang’s firm, along with the China-U.S. Exchange Foundation, yet another organization tied to the CCP, which was also responsible for “United Front” work in the U.S.
The money was directed to help build the think tank’s Beijing-based Carnegie-Tsinghua Center.
The Daily Caller also reported that Burns, while serving as president of the Carnegie Endowment had invited nearly a dozen congressional staffers to attend a junket to China, where they were introduced to a communist party operative and a president of a Chinese front group.
Burns’ experience largely occurred at the State Department, unusual for a CIA director. While there, he served under both Republican and Democrat presidents.
A typical DC swamp creature, Burns rose through the diplomatic ranks at State and became deputy secretary of state, retiring in 2014 to run the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
One thing which should give senators pause, especially Republicans is that Burns was heavily involved in negotiating Obama’s 2015 nuclear deal, which turned out being an abject failure in that it failed to stop Iran’s nuclear weapons program.
Instead, the deal, which also resulted in the United States sending $400 million in cash to Iran in the dark of night, along with $1.3 billion in interest to the terrorist regime, simply made it easier for Iran to weaponize uranium in the future.
CBS News reported at the time that State Department spokeswoman Elizabeth Trudeau said the U.S. couldn’t say anything else about the payments due to “diplomatic sensitivities.”
The payoff involved 13 separate payments of $99,999,999.99 and a final payment of around $10 million. At tat time no explanation was given for keeping the individual transactions under $100 million, but it certainly appeared suspicious.
When President Trump took office, he canceled the deal.
After Trump took office in 2017, Burns kept quiet until last year, when he decided to write highly critical hit pieces on the Trump administration’s policies in Foreign Affairs and other publications.
Just like Biden, Burns advocates “rebuilding and restructuring the foreign service.”
“Ambassador Burns will bring the knowledge, judgment and perspective we need to prevent and confront threats before they can reach our shores,” Biden said. “The American people will sleep soundly with him as our next CIA director.”
Burns’ ties to China is a departure from the Trump era policy toward China, when Chinese influence came under increased scrutiny.
The Trump administration aggressively investigated economic and academic espionage and pursued charges against Chinese intelligence officers who had been operating under cover in the U.S.
China evidently believes it has a friendly ear in Biden and his administration.
According to Bill Evanina, who served as the U.S. government’s top counterintelligence official prior to Biden’s inauguration, the U.S. has seen an increase in “malign foreign influence” activity directed at associates of potential Biden administration members.
“We’re starting to see that now play across the country to not only the folks starting in the new administration, but those who are around those folks in the new administration,” Evanina said in a December interview.
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