Team Biden Rebuffs Ex-Democrat Senator Who Became Foreign Agent for Chinese Surveillance Firm

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Shortly after it was revealed that former Democrat Senator Barbara Boxer of California had registered as a Foreign Agent for the U.S. subsidiary of China’s surveillance firm Hikvision, Team Biden distanced itself from Boxer. The ex-senator worked with Biden in the Senate for more than two decades and praised him during the 2020 presidential campaign.

She had donated $500 to Joe Biden’s inaugural committee in late December, but that contribution is reportedly being returned to Boxer.

Boxer served in the Senate from 1993 to 2017 and had been on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. According to documents filed with the Justice Department by Mercury Public Affairs on Friday, Boxer, who co-chairs the firm’s Los Angeles office, was to provide “strategic consulting services” to the Chinese surveillance firm Hikvision’s U.S. subsidiary.

Adding Boxer to their team appears to show that Mercury is now beefing up its Hikvision advocacy effort to better influence the incoming Biden administration.

However, the company is accused of being an integral part of China’s draconian digital surveillance state which I have described here, but most concerning is it is directly abetting the country’s mass internment of Uighur Muslims in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in Northwest China.

Hikvision cameras have reportedly been installed at internment camps in Xinjiang, where more than one million Uighurs are estimated to have been imprisoned or subjected to forced labor.

According to Fox News, “Hikvison is reportedly the world’s leading surveillance equipment supplier and signed a $272 million contract with Xinjiang police between 2016-2017, per a report by the Center for Strategic and International Studies [CSIS].”

As noted by Axios, the Trump administration barred Hikvision from doing business with American firms without a U.S. government license in 2019 for these reasons. In 2020 it accused Hikvision of ties to the Chinese military and prohibited U.S. investment in the company.

Last year, adds Axios, Biden’s presidential campaign described China’s treatment of Uighur Muslims as “genocide” and said he “stands against it in the strongest terms.”

On Tuesday, after Team Biden announced it was returning her donation, Boxer ‘deregistered’ as a Foreign agent for the company. In a tweet, Boxer said, “Due to the intense response to my registration I have determined that my continued work has become a negative distraction from my effort to preserve American jobs and make the company better. Therefore, I have deregistered.”

Unfortunately, Boxer isn’t the only ex-U.S. Senator assigned to Mercury’s Hikvision account, the other is David Vitter, a Republican who represented Louisiana until 2017. This should remind us that the Washington revolving door and effort to aid Communist China is often a bipartisan affair.


Paul Crespo is the Managing Editor of American Defense News. A defense and national security expert, he served as a Marine Corps officer and as a military attaché with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) at US embassies worldwide. Paul holds degrees from Georgetown, London, and Cambridge Universities. He is also CEO of SPECTRE Global Risk, a security advisory firm, and President of the Center for American Defense Studies, a national security think tank.

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Sandy
10 months ago

Great and they have a Senator Swahall now made impeachment manager good job Washington, you have become frauds .

Rick
Rick
10 months ago

Ohh myyyy…. babox is now a communist sympathiser ?….Might just as well ship Komrade babox to the CCP and let her Enjoy all of the benefits of the Party that she chooses to Represent

Andrea Zug
Andrea Zug
10 months ago

No American should work with Communists. Too many will sell their soul for a few bucks. This government is beginning to smell very rank!

Scotty
Scotty
10 months ago
Reply to  Andrea Zug

Beginning?

Richard
Richard
10 months ago

Come on folks, the entire democratic party is on the take. Why do you think they try so hard to get elected its free money. If you cooperate play your cards right and vote as one with the party they will rig the election so you stay on the gravy train.

THOMAS
THOMAS
10 months ago

BUCK FIDEN and ALL his minions !

Roy
Roy
10 months ago
Reply to  THOMAS

Can you believe it? America actually elected a mannequin as president. I would have preferred Bozo the clown – at least he came out of the basement. And then there’s Kamala, the vamp from California.

DOMINIC PASQUAROSA
DOMINIC PASQUAROSA
10 months ago

Look who’s calling the kettle black,,,,,,,Rip Van Winkle Xi JinPing BIDEN!

Roy
Roy
10 months ago

I suspect Biden got Boxer her the job and will make sure Hunter gets back in business with China. Biden may even get Mitch McConnell some more action in China.

Windell Barfield
Windell Barfield
10 months ago
Reply to  Roy

Our Government has got all the American people right where they want us, At each other’s throats. Both Republican and Democrat parties play the American people against each other. As long as the two parties can keep the American people against one another they can do anything they want. This will never change until we the people and I mean all people, White, Black, Brown, Democrats and Republicans work together. The Senate and Congress needs term limits, No more than eight years. Term limits won’t solve all but it will stop some of these power hungry Senators and Congressmen on both sides who think the United States is their play ground and the American people is just another chess piece to be moved to benefit them. Until we as American People realize this we will always be just another game piece to be moved to benefit their pockets.

Roy
Roy
10 months ago

Good times creates voter apathy. Media and Tech companies have become Pravda. Low information voters, lack of common sense and desire to get ‘free stuff’ is a real problem. The current rigged election created a one party system and sanctioned by our court system. Hong Kong and Venezuela protests has taught us nothing. Every future election will be rigged.

Scotty
Scotty
10 months ago

seems like China is a good employer to ex Congress people! And Trump is the problem? But the real news in this article is that a politician, any politician, RETURNED someone’s money!

pete
pete
10 months ago

What about Joe and family ?

TRACTOR MAN
TRACTOR MAN
10 months ago

She should know better. Send that 500 to Hunter. Don’t forget to include the extra 10% for the big guy.

Gene Ralno
Gene Ralno
10 months ago

It’ll soon be apparent that the emperor has no clothes.

Anna
Anna
10 months ago

Is it she the one who poisen Lake Tahoe with her gasoline requirements? She sure is loved there.

Marina
Marina
10 months ago

All this “Conservative” sites should disconnect from Twitter and facebook use something else why anyone is sharing to FB or Twitter they are banning every conservative.

Twitter down 14% from last week make sure everyone keeps telling everyone else to help this is the war we are fighting..

This is the next path forward, first Blocksite twitter and facebook from your internet provider, the state of Idaho internet provider blocked them both, in North Dakota banned users can sue Twitter and Facebook.

Use Ramble, GaB instead.

Tech bubble is imminent, close twitter, FB, Instagram accounts, dump their stock if own any from your IRA, 401K check your mutual funds that have Twitter or FB included, Twitter down again, dump before they go to zero, stop buying from Amazon, NO more made in the CCP purchases, buy direct from the mom’s and pop’s stores near you, made in America only, don’t wait DO IT TODAY.


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