William Burns—the new head of Central Intelligence Agency appointed in March—has a history of being an ally of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and its associates. Though he declared the relationship was terminated, National Pulse argued that his assertion might be untrue.
During a hearing at the Senate chamber in March, President Joe Biden’s new pick for CIA director gave strong remarks indicating he would resist China’s influence in America.
“There are, however, a growing number of areas in which Xi’s China [leader of the CCP] is a formidable, authoritarian adversary— methodically strengthening its capabilities to steal intellectual property, repress its own people, bully its neighbors, expand its global reach, and build influence in American society,” declared Burns.
When asked of threats from organizations such as the China-U.S. Exchange Foundation to infiltrate Americans perspective, the former deputy secretary of state agreed that the CCP would “try and influence political, economic, and cultural developments to benefit CCP interests” through such facilities.
However, National Pulse pointed out that Burns has a history of exchange with the China-U.S Exchange Foundation (CUSEF), which dismisses his claims that he only “inherited” the think tank’s relationship.
Burns was the chairman of Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in 2015. This organization received millions of sponsored dollars from the CCP-rooted personnel to boost Beijing-based think tank’s Carnegie-Tsinghua center in the U.S., the Republican Study Committee revealed.
While Biden’s CIA director pick for said that Carnegie ended its relationship with CUSEF, National Pulse quoted a press release from the company on April 8, questioning whether his claims were truthful.
According to the press release, Carnegie received financial support from CUSEF via a research project with the Shanghai Institute for International Studies (SIIS), whose leader, Chen Dongxiao, wrote that he expected the relationship to be maintained.
“I also hope that SIIS and Carnegie will continue to conduct joint research around U.S.-China cybersecurity issues and make greater contributions to U.S.-China relations,” Chen wrote in the 61-page report.
The date and the content of the press release provide a completely reverse reality of the CIA’s new director’s words about his relationship with the Chinese government.
When Burn was still nominee to the CIA director position, President Biden was highly promotive of the man despite reports of his ties and endorsement to the Chinese Communist Party in the past.
“Ambassador Burns will bring the knowledge, judgment and perspective we need to prevent and confront threats before they can reach our shores,” said Biden. “The American people will sleep soundly with him as our next CIA director.”