Investment firm of former Obama-Biden officials hosted multiple CCP-tied companies at 2015 luncheon
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EXCLUSIVE: A Washington, D.C.-based investment firm with deep ties to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), led and advised by former Obama-Biden officials, urged multiple CCP-linked companies to invest in the U.S. during a U.S. government-sponsored luncheon in 2015, calling it “good for American workers.”
Gary Locke, who served as U.S. ambassador to China from 2011 to 2014 under President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, served as an advisory board member of Harves Investment Group when it hosted a luncheon in Washington in March 2015, according to a press release on the firm’s now-defunct website.
“You all know the advantages of investing in America. I don’t need to repeat that. You know that because that’s why you are here,” Locke told a room of more than 120 Chinese business leaders at the time, according to a YouTube video of the event.
“As your companies grow in prosperity, many of you are looking to go global and as you look at going global we want you to consider investing in America,” he said. “But to really be successful in the United States, that key to success is really having the right set of advisers and experts. … And of course Harves Investment Group is one of those consultants.”
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“We all stand ready to help you be successful in America because we know that your success is not only good for your owners and your shareholders, but also good for American workers and those are the win-win opportunities that we seek,” he added. “We wish you the very, very best of luck. We wish you great success investing in America.”
The 2015 luncheon was part of the SelectUSA Investment Summit held by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration aimed to boost foreign investments in the U.S.
Chinese companies that attended the Harves Investment Group luncheon included Alibaba, Shandong Yuhuang Chemical, Hangzhou Wahaha Group, Wanda Group, and others, according to the group’s press release, all of which have well-documented ties to the CCP.
Alibaba, a Chinese firm that reportedly helped create surveillance technology used against Uyghur Muslims, is one of China’s largest technology firms that actively works to advance the interests of the CCP.
The chairman of Shandong Yuhuang Chemical, Wang Jinshu was elected as the representative of the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China in 2012, according to the company’s website.