UPenn, which hosts Biden’s think tank, sees Chinese, CCP-linked donations soar

The University of Pennsylvania, home to President Biden's think tank, recently tripled its donations from China, Fox News Digital said after reviewing its records.

The Washington, D.C., office of Biden's think tank, the Penn Biden Center for Foreign Affairs and Global Engagement, was previously found under the microscope after secret documents were discovered at the center. The discovery raised questions about Chinese donations to the University of Pennsylvania, which houses the think tank.

New records obtained by Americans for Public Trust (APT) and provided to FOX News Digital show that the University of Pennsylvania has recently seen a sharp increase in donations from China since the last reporting period, with some of its funding is indicated to be from an affiliated person or entity. to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

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The University of Pennsylvania, home of President Biden's think tank, recently tripled its donations from China. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

“As America's adversaries continue to threaten our national security interests under President Biden's watch, there is an increasing demand from Chinese nationals to our universities,” APT Executive Director Caitlin Sutherland told Fox News Digital. It's no surprise that donations continue to soar.”

Professor Sutherland said: “This is another clear sign that our higher education institutions have become instruments of foreign influence under an administration that seeks to undermine them on the world stage.” “The tripling of Chinese donations to the University of Pennsylvania, home of Biden's think tank, should raise serious alarm among lawmakers interested in curbing the Chinese Communist Party's expansion. ”

The university raised $25 million in donations from Chinese organizations and individuals from mid-2022 to mid-2023, according to records obtained by APT from the Pennsylvania Department of Education. This figure is significantly higher than the $8.6 million received from the state during the previous reporting period from mid-2021 to mid-2022.

The Ivy League school attracted nearly $130 million in donations from China from mid-2018 to mid-2023, a dramatic increase from the previous year.

Meanwhile, several China-based contributors have ties to the Chinese Communist Party.

Several White House officials worked at Biden's think tank where classified documents were discovered.

According to the Foreign Gift Report, an investment management company made three donations totaling $205,000 between mid-2022 and mid-2023. Lok Cheng Chun-ning, who holds a degree in economics from the University's Wharton School and an MBA from Northwestern University, is not only Hong Kong's representative to the National People's Congress, but also a member of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference. (CPPCC).

According to its website, the CPPCC is an “important mechanism for multiparty cooperation and political consultation” under the leadership of the Chinese Communist Party. Tung Chee-hwa, who served as vice-chairman of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) from 2005 to 2023, is the founding director of the China-United States Exchange Foundation (CUSEF), which has successfully penetrated American universities. There is also. On behalf of the Communist Party of China.

A report released in 2018 by the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, a U.S. government agency, said that the CPPCC is a “core part” of China’s united front system and that it “integrates potential opposition to China.” He said that he is working to “incorporate and neutralize it.” the policies and powers of the ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP); ”

Another major Chinese donor to the University of Pennsylvania is Cathy Hsu (also known as Xu Xin), who donated at least $10 million in December 2022. Mr. Xu is the founder of Chinese private equity firm Capital Today and was an early investor in Chinese internet companies. Meituan Dianping has deep ties to the Chinese Communist Party. In 2021, Bloomberg reported that the company's CEO Wang Xing attended a speech by President Xi Jinping celebrating the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China, indicating that the billionaire had returned to supporting the party. .

In April 2023, Xu Xin, an alumnus of Nanjing University, met with Tan Tieniu, a member of the CPPCC National Committee, at her company and held a “university-wide discussion, opinions on NJU's new advancements such as forging” exchanged “Ahead Initiate and the latest developments in basic science research,'' the press release states.

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Penn Biden Center in Washington, DC (FOX News Photo/Joshua Commins)

“The two sides have signed a new endowment agreement to further foster the building and development of the university's key areas,” the press release continued. In 2021, Tieniu was one of several Chinese officials sanctioned by the Biden administration and was one of the “deputy directors of the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (LOCPG).” Secretary of State Antony Blinken said: It was China's “main platform for projecting its influence in Hong Kong.”

In July 2022, RemeGen Co., Ltd., a Chinese biopharmaceutical company with labs and offices throughout China and the United States, paid the University of Pennsylvania $170,550 as part of the agreement. According to a review by Fox News Digital, his Dr. Jianmin Fang, Managing Director and CEO of Remegen, previously awarded “National Eminent Expert” by the Organization Department of the Communist Party of China Central Committee.

Mr. Wang Weidong, Executive Director and Chairman of the Remegen Board, also has ties to the Chinese Communist Party, and previously served as a “vice member of the 13th National People's Congress” and is currently a “vice member of the 14th National People's Congress from 2023.” serves as a member of the committee. According to his company bio.

The Chinese government's website states: “The National People's Congress of the People's Republic of China is the highest organ of state power. Its standing organ is the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress.” “The National People's Congress is composed of members elected from provinces, autonomous regions, centrally run municipalities, special administrative regions, and members of the armed forces.''

Fox News Digital previously reported that Chinese billionaire and Shenzhou International CEO Ma Jianrong donated at least $500,000 to the University of Pennsylvania in 2022. According to a 2017 New York Times article, Jianrong is a “member of the Chinese Communist Party.” And he is an “officer of the Zhejiang Provincial People's Congress.” A nonprofit group called KnowTheChain previously gave Shenzhou International a poor rating for publicly disclosing “significantly less information about forced labor policies and practices than its peers.”

inside 2020 interview “We respect cultural and social customs,” Jianrong told China's state-run Global Times. “Only through the unity of local workers can we succeed in expanding overseas…Our foreign employees… “We have been treated well and there have been no strikes or other disputes since we started investing overseas.” 15 years ago. “

“We pay attention to every detail when introducing China's economic development to foreign partners,” he added.

President Joe Biden waves to members of the media on his way to the NATO summit in Europe.

The Penn Biden Center opened in 2018. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Biden was hired as a professor at the University of Pennsylvania just weeks after resigning as vice president in 2017, earning a salary of $776,527 in 2017 and 2018, more than the salary of a full-time professor at the university during the same period. It was nearly double that, Philadelphia Magazine reported in 2019.

The publication said that Biden's professorship was “actually focused on speaking training” and that “[h]”E rarely comes to campus, so when he is actually on campus, it makes the news” was said six times in total.

The Penn Biden Center opened in February 2018 and is founded on “the principles that a democratic, open, secure, tolerant, and interconnected world benefits all Americans.” Ta.

In 2019, Biden took an unpaid leave of absence from college after announcing his presidential campaign.

The White House revealed in early 2023 that classified documents dating back to when Biden was vice president were discovered at the center in November 2022. The president's lawyers then handed over the documents to the National Archives and Records Administration.

“The Penn Biden Center has never solicited or accepted gifts from China or any other foreign entity. In fact, the university has never solicited donations.” Any It's a gift to the center,” Stephen McCarthy, the university's former vice president for communications, previously told FOX News Digital.


McCarthy said two American donors have provided the Biden Center with three unsolicited gifts totaling $1,100 since its founding, and that “100 percent” of the center's budget comes from university funds. It added that this was due to.

“Penn is in full compliance with federal law regarding the reporting of foreign gifts and contracts, as all foreign gifts are properly reported to the U.S. Department of Education as required by Section 117 of the Higher Education Act.” said Mr. McCarthy.

The University of Pennsylvania did not respond to Fox News Digital's inquiries for this story.

Fox News Digital's Jessica Chasmar contributed to this report.