President Biden said Wednesday that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi should cancel her upcoming visit to Taiwan and that he plans to speak soon with Chinese President Xi Jinping.
Biden, who faces questions about his family’s financial links to the Chinese government, said the Pentagon concurs with Beijing’s warnings that Pelosi (D-Calif.) should abandon her reported plans to tour the anti-communist island in August.
“The military thinks it’s not a good idea right now,” Biden told reporters at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland as he returned to Washington from a day-trip to Massachusetts to discuss global warming.
A Pelosi spokesperson declined to confirm or deny plans to travel to Taiwan, citing security protocols. The Pentagon referred requests for comment to the White House.
Biden told reporters that he plans to speak with Xi “in the next 10 days.”
Before the 2020 election, Joe Biden allegedly was involved with his son’s dealings with CEFC China Energy, which the Washington Post reported paid Hunter Biden and his uncle Jim Biden $4.8 million in 2017 and 2018.
Former Hunter Biden business partner Tony Bobulinski says that he spoke with Joe Biden in May 2017 about the Chinese venture and May 13, 2017, email recovered from Hunter Biden’s laptop indicated that the “big guy” would get a 10 percent equity stake in a corporate entity established with CEFC.
Bobulinski alleges that the president was the “big guy.”
Emails show that in September 2017, Hunter Biden asked for a new sign and more keys to an office he was renting in DC’s House of Sweden office building. The sign was to say, “The Biden Foundation and Hudson West (CEFC-US)” and the keys were for his father, Jill and Jim Biden, and a Chinese executive named Gongwen Dong.
A spokeswoman for the agency that oversees the property said, however, that the sign was never changed and the keys were not picked up.
Hunter Biden’s attorney Chris Clark claimed less than a week after Joe Biden’s 3 1/2-hour November summit with Xi that the first son divested a 10 percent stake in BHR Partners. Hunter Biden and the White House provided no further details on who may have acquired his stake and for how much money.
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