The Biden administration’s top energy official held multiple talks with a Chinese Communist Party official linked to an oil company counting investment from Hunter Biden’s private equity firm just days before the U.S. moved to release oil from its strategic reserve in 2021.
Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm controversially spoke with China National Energy Administration chairman Zhang Jianhua one-on-one multiple times in meetings that had not previously been reported, according to internal Energy Department calendars obtained by Fox News.
Granholm and her Chinese Communist Party counterpart met on November 19th and 21st, 2021, just days before the White House announced its decision to release oil from the strategic reserve on November 23rd.
The story, which has already called into question the Chinese Communist Party’s continued influence over the Biden administration, also has a link to President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter. The first son has financial ties to the phone call participant through his previous employer, Sinopec.
Sinopec, also known as China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation, is a Chinese state-owned oil and gas enterprise. Its "fully-owned subsidiary” Sinopec Marketing Company enjoyed nearly $1 billion in investment from Hunter Biden’s private equity firm BHR Partners.
Finalized in March 2015, the investments from the controversial investment fund led to BHR Partners amassing a nearly 30 percent stake in Sinopec. BHR Partners’ LinkedIn profile highlights its Sinopec investment, revealing it was involved "in the pilot state-owned enterprise reform deal involving the segregation and capital.
Zhang has deep ties to Sinopec, previously serving as the company’s Board Director and Senior Vice President. During his nearly decade-long stint at the company, he was also elected as a member of the Party Committee of Sinopec Group, as revealed in his professional biography.
He reportedly became Chairman of Sinopec Engineering Group Co.’s Board in 2014, right before Sinopec began inking deals with Hunter Biden-affiliated entities.
Zhang also served as President of the China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC), whose Belt and Road International Forum in Beijing counted participation from additional companies linked to Hunter Biden including CEFC China Energy, where the First Son served as Managing Director.
CEFC China Energy recently made headlines following a New York Post exposè highlighting how Hunter Biden leveraged his father’s name to ink deals with the Chinese government-linked entity, and several whistleblowers have confirmed these accounts.
The company, founded by the now-missing Chinese tycoon Ye Jianming, has been identified as collaborating with the Chinese Communist Party’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) since its founding. Beyond functioning as part of China’s vast political warfare operation, CEFC China Energy was also actively strategizing ways to overtake America on the world stage.
Deleted webpages from the company’s now-defunct website reveal members of the Chinese Communist Party-run firm plotting how China could "surpass” America, become the "world’s leading country,” and influence other countries to not perceive the country as a "threat.”