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General Category => National News/Current Events => Topic started by: Elderberry on February 09, 2021, 08:40:49 PM

Title: Biden’s CIA Pick Runs Think Tank Filthy With Chinese Money
Post by: Elderberry on February 09, 2021, 08:40:49 PM
Lawrence Person's BattleSwarm Blog 2/9/2021

Well, this seems like a huge conflict of interest (

    William J. Burns, who is President Joe Biden’s nominee for director of the CIA, is president of a think tank that has received up to $2 million from a Chinese businessman as well as from a think tank with close ties to the Chinese Communist Party.

    As president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Burns also invited nearly a dozen congressional staffers to attend a junket to China, where they met with a communist party operative and a president of a Chinese front group.

    Burns, who was paid $540,580 last year as president of Carnegie, will appear before the Senate Intelligence Committee for a confirmation hearing likely to be held this month. He has been president of Carnegie since March 2015.

    During Burns’ tenure at Carnegie, a businessman named Zhang Yichen joined the think tank’s board of trustees.

    “We are very fortunate to have Zhang Yichen on our board,” Burns, a former deputy secretary of state, said in a statement in October 2016. “I look forward to working with him to make Carnegie an even finer institution.”

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