The Biden administration’s top energy official, Secretary Jennifer Granholm, had multiple discussions with Zhang Jianhua, a Chinese Communist Party official who is connected to an oil company that received investment from Hunter Biden’s private equity firm. These meetings took place shortly before the release of oil from the US strategic reserve in 2021. The meetings were not previously reported but were revealed through internal calendars from the Energy Department obtained by Fox News.
The discussions between Granholm and Zhang happened on November 19th and 21st, 2021. The White House announced its decision to release oil from the strategic reserve on November 23rd.
This development raises concerns about the influence of the Chinese Communist Party over the Biden administration. It is also noteworthy because of Hunter Biden’s financial connections to Zhang through his previous employer, Sinopec.
Sinopec, also known as China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation, is a state-owned oil and gas enterprise in China. Hunter Biden’s private equity firm, BHR Partners, made a nearly $1 billion investment in Sinopec’s fully-owned subsidiary, Sinopec Marketing Company.
This investment, finalized in March 2015, led to BHR Partners acquiring a nearly 30 percent stake in Sinopec. The LinkedIn profile of BHR Partners highlights its involvement in the reform deal of a pilot state-owned enterprise, which included Sinopec.
Zhang Jianhua has strong connections to Sinopec, having served as the company’s Board Director and Senior Vice President. He was also elected as a member of the Party Committee of Sinopec Group during his time at the company.
Zhang became Chairman of Sinopec Engineering Group Co.’s Board in 2014, just before the company started making deals with entities affiliated with Hunter Biden.
He also served as President of the China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC), which hosted the Belt and Road International Forum in Beijing. This forum involved companies linked to Hunter Biden, such as CEFC China Energy, where he worked as Managing Director.
CEFC China Energy has recently gained attention due to Hunter Biden’s involvement and his use of his father’s name to secure deals with the Chinese government-backed entity. Whistleblowers have supported these accounts.
The company, founded by the missing Chinese tycoon Ye Jianming, has been identified as collaborating with the Chinese Communist Party’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA). In addition to being part of China’s political warfare operation, CEFC China Energy also strategized ways to surpass the United States and become the world’s leading country.
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