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Who is Ye Jianming? Chinese energy firm chairman gifted Hunter Biden $800K diamond

Damning report says Biden was paid $10m a year to expand Chinese firm's influence in the US, based on data from controversial laptop
UPDATED NOV 29, 2021
Ye Jianming (South China Morning Post/YouTube) and Hunter Biden (Logan Mock-Bunting/Getty Images)
Ye Jianming (South China Morning Post/YouTube) and Hunter Biden (Logan Mock-Bunting/Getty Images)

The news keeps getting worse for Hunter Biden, who is currently in the midst of a major scandal involving China. On November 28, it emerged that the president's son allegedly received millions and an $8000,000 diamond - to help a Chinese firm expand their influence in the US. The shocking revelation is one of the many in the new book 'Laptop from Hell', by New York Post columnist Miranda Devine. 

The accusation was made after reviewing data from the infamous laptop that Biden reportedly left at a Delaware repair shop. In the past, the laptop has revealed major information like Biden's nude videos with hookers, and his role in helping Romanian tycoon Gabriel Popoviciu evade prison. Texts and emails have also revealed a personal relationship Biden had with a Chinese woman named JiaQi Bao, who has worked with the Chinese government before. 


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The link to Bao is just one of the many Chinese links that have gone public. Now, Hunter has been linked to CEFC, a Chinese conglomerate that is known to be one of the largest energy companies in the world. Reportedly, CEFC's chairman Ye Jianming was more than eager to have Hunter on board and spent millions to ensure he was.

Who is Ye Jianming?

The 40-year-old is the founder and former chairman of CEFC until the firm collapsed and he was detained over accusations of bribery in 2018. Dubbed the 'Belt and Road billionaire', a CNN profile notes that Jianming was in charge of a $44 billion empire that was often indistinguishable from the Chinese government. In 2015, he also went on a buying spree in the Czech Republic, buying a football club, a brewery, and a publishing house amongst other things.

As with most Chinese tycoons, little is known about Jianming's rise to the top. But once there, he seemed unstoppable. He was even tapped to be the economic advisor to then-Czech President Miloš Zeman in 2017. It was all linked to China's Belt and Road initiative, with Czech being seen as China's "gateway" to the EU. But since March 2018, Jianmng has not been seen in public. He was arrested on charges of bribery in China after his empire began to crumble in the USA.

The logo of China CEFC Energy Company Limited (CEFC/LinkedIn)

The FBI arrested Patrick Ho Chi-ping, who was in charge of Jianming's NGO in November 2017, for offering bribes to government officials in Chad and Uganda, as well as the then president of the United Nations General Assembly. The arrest saw CEFC collapse within days, before being taken over by the state. 

Hunter's links to Jianming

During his time in the Czech Republic, Jianming met James Gilliar, an ex-SAS officer. Jianming wanted to expand his empire, and Gilliar knew the perfect way to do so - the Biden family. Devine reported that after introductions were made, Jianming called Biden "great" and the "True sheikh of Washington." On December 7, 2015, Hunter met with Jianming and CEFC Executive Director Jianjun Zang. 

It is believed Hunter also introduced Jianming to then-Vice President Joe Biden, at a Christmas party sometime that year. Gilliar then worked with Tony Bobulinsk, a naval officer turned wealthy institutional investor to "build an investment firm like Goldman Sachs" for the Biden family with Jianming. Devine reported that even Joe Biden was expected to jump on board after he declined a Presidential run in 2016. 

After the two worked out the details, Hunter reportedly met Zang in February 2017, where Zang offered him $10 million a year for three years, simply for "introductions". He allegedly sweetened the deal with a 3.16-carat diamond worth $80,000, photographs of which were found onHunter's laptop. Days after the meeting, $3 million was wired twice to the account of a firm tied to Robinson Walker, another known associate of Hunter.

Those wires were flagged by the Department of Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement network, but could never be directly linked back to Hunter. There are plenty of other revealing details Devine makes in the book, which is now available to order from $23.49.