Who is JiaQi Bao? Hunter Biden's secy sent him texts on 'doggy chain necklace', called him 'most amazing boss'
'Don't be a stranger, I still owe you a home-cooked Chinese meal,' she allegedly texted Hunter
Another day, another leak from Hunter Biden's laptop. The latest leaks, made public on May 8, show a close personal relationship between Biden and JiaQi Bao, a Chinese-American who was assigned to be his assistant. But that relationship slowly evolved, with the two sharing flirty text messages, even as the joint venture Biden set up collapsed.
The latest leak is likely to cause more headaches for the President, as relationships with China have become an increasingly thorny issue. It is also likely that this relationship sparked off the FBI investigation into Hunter, after the Senate homeland security and finance committees issued a joint report in 2020. The report highlighted the relationship between Hunter and Patrick Ho, secretary-general of Chinese oil giant CEFC. Of particular interest are Ho's links to China's intelligence apparatus.
However, that story has completely overshadowed the existence of Bao, who was based in New York. Now we know she had an even greater role to play in Hunter's life, as the two clearly went beyond the professional standards to engage on a highly personal note.
Who is JiaQi Bao?
According to Bao's LinkedIn profile, she studied at Arizona State University and graduated with a dual degree in accounting and finance. She then went to Tsinghua University in Beijing, where she did a bilingual MA degree. Bao has worked at several reputed firms including Credit Suisse, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, and OneGate Capital. She even had a stint at China's National Development and Reform Commission in 2011. Between 2016 and 2019, she is simply listed as a 'hedge fund manager', her profile does not mention Biden's joint venture or the CEFC. She also has a Twitter account, in the name of Sophia Keely, but hasn't tweeted anything since 2011.
In October 2020, news of Bao's relationship with Hunter first came to light through a Twitter user named Judy Anderson. According to Anderson, Bao is allegedly the illegitimate daughter of Xilai Bo, a former political opponent to current President Xi Jinping. The story goes on to allege Hunter exposed Bao to the Chinese government. We could not verify these claims. However, since Anderson's tweets, Bao's name doesn't appear in the press again.
The existence of Bao has now been highlighted by the Daily Mail, which was responsible for publishing the latest leak. The Mail did not find any explicit photos or videos of Bao, but was able to find flirty texts between the two and other images of Bao. Bao was assigned to Hunter after he launched his joint venture with the CEFC in 2017. It is unclear who assigned Bao. "At first, emails show the New York-based Bao diligently scheduled flights, hotels, and even doctor's appointments for the president's son," the Mail reported.
Relationship turns personal, Bao helps Biden's campaign
However, things changed pretty quickly. As the venture collapsed in 2018, Bao urged Hunter to take cash from the joint venture's accounts. Even at that time, she called Hunter an "amazing and understanding boss, and the most charismatic friend and coconspirator-in-mischief." Those flirty messages continued to come in. "I just got a message from Mervyn about your inquiry of your necklace. I still have it locked in my drawer at my NY apartment," she texted Hunter in June 2018. She ends the message by saying, "take care and catch up soon. Miss you". In another email, she refers to the chain as "your doggy chain necklace".
We believe this is in reference to Hunter's dog tags, which he can be seen wearing in multiple homemade porn videos. Bao ends that email by saying, "I will always think of you as a great friend and happy to help when you need me, regardless of whether I work for you or not. Don't be a stranger, I still owe you a home-cooked Chinese meal".
In March 2019, she also began sending Hunter opposition research as it became likely Joe Biden would be the Democrat's nominee for President. "He will be one of the best presidents in our country's history," she told Hunter in one email. In another, she highlights several of Trump's Chinese deals and calls his trade war "a failure thus far". He also tells Hunter to tell his father to "lead by example", "bring back sensibility", and emphasize his experience and age as a strength.
Several right-wing conspiracy sites have since posted that the relationship between Boa and Hunter is proof that the Bidens were colluding with China. While it is true, that China saw Joe Biden as a better fit as compared to Trump, it is unclear if they directly influenced the elections through Bao.