Several of the Biden administration advisers who also hold positions within Harvard University’s Belfer Center share close ties to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), which were established through regularly held conferences.
According to The National Pulse, the center, in addition to hosting conferences, also frequently publishes papers that sell the narrative of the CCP, while at the same time it refuses to disclose its funding sources.
The center brings together cybersecurity working groups in which the CCP as well as military officials participate, even in the face of U.S. government warnings about hacking and technology theft.
“The working group in Cambridge brought together 20 representatives including former government and military officials, as well as tech, business, and academic professionals to discuss current issues in the bilateral cyber relationship,” The National Pulse reported.
How the center works with CCP officials
Within the working group, “fictitious cyber scenarios” were set up and sensitive technology issues on artificial intelligence, Huawei, arms control frameworks, among other topics were discussed.
The leadership of the Beijing-based group is composed entirely of high-level former CCP officials or, failing that, leaders of agencies administered by the Chinese communist regime.
The papers produced by the group’s members are often published by the Party School Press of the Chinese Communist Party Central Committee, however, the Belfer Center was open to exchanging advice on cybersecurity, even inviting to the talk Perspectives of the PLA, Maj. Gen. Hao Yeli.
As National Pulse notes, senior advisers to President Biden coordinate activities involving CCP officials.
Ash Carter, who served as secretary of defense in the Obama administration heads the Belfer Center, and Eric Rosenbach, an Obama administration national security alumnus, heads the China initiative.
Biden’s National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan has served as a senior fellow at the Belfer Center, while Biden’s National Security Director Avril Haines opted to change the term “competitor” when referring to the CCP to “global competitor.”
In the podcast titled “Office Hours” issued in 2017, Haines describes her rise during the Obama administration as deputy director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and North Korea, saying, “The relationship between North Korea and China is fascinating.”
Both Haines and Sullivan and current Secretary of State Anthony Blinken signed a letter endorsed by the Belfer Center advocating U.S.-China collaboration to develop a vaccine, stressing the country’s reliance on protective equipment and medicines from China.
Other members and former members of the Belfor Center include Paul Rosen, who served as Biden’s legal adviser while he was a senator and Jon Wolftshal, who served as Vice President Biden’s special adviser for nuclear security and proliferation.
The principal investigator, Elizabeth D. Sherwood-Randall, was a former senior adviser to Sen. Biden on foreign and defense policy.