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Biden CIA pick pushes back on concerns about Carnegie Endowment's China connections

Added 02-24-21 03:23:01pm EST - “President Biden's CIA pick pushed back on concerns about connections between the D.C. think tank he runs and the Chinese government, telling the Senate he takes the danger posed by Chinese Communist Party malign influence operations…” - Washingtonexaminer.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtonexaminer.com: “Biden CIA pick pushes back on concerns about Carnegie Endowment’s China connections”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

President Biden’s CIA pick pushed back on concerns about connections between the D.C. think tank he runs and the Chinese government, telling the Senate he takes the danger posed by Chinese Communist Party malign influence operations inside the United States seriously.

William Burns has served as president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace since 2015, with the group receiving large amounts of China-linked funding and organizing a China trip for close to a dozen congressional staffers to meet with communist party operatives and leaders of Chinese front groups.

He previously served as the U.S. ambassador to Jordan and to Russia and led the Obama administration’s secretive “backchannel” during the lead-up to the Iran nuclear deal.

Sen. Marco Rubio raised Carnegie’s involvement with the China-United States Exchange Foundation, part of the Chinese Communist Party’s United Front, which the Florida Republican said engaged in efforts “to co-opt and neutralize sources of potential opposition as part of their efforts to encourage foreign countries to adopt positions and narratives supportive of Beijing's preferred policies.”

Carnegie received donations between $100,000 and $249,999 from the CUSEF. Rubio asked why Carnegie would “establish a relationship with and accept funding” from CUSEF.

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