One of Hunter Biden’s primary liaisons to China is married to a Wuhan lab-linked scientist who Biden’s business partner thought could help their firm peddle influence, “considering how connected he is working for the Chinese CDC,” emails show.
The virologist specializes in research on sexually transmitted diseases.
Hunter Biden and his business partner Eric Schwerin made huge sums brokering international business deals, even though they often had little in the way of domain expertise. Businessmen approached the well-connected pair assuming they had deep international ties, and they would charge them for making introductions.
But when it came to China, a secret was that Schwerin often simply asked a Chinese woman he knew who had lived in Pennsylvania named Xiaoying G. Zeng, according to emails on the laptop Hunter Biden abandoned at a Delaware repair shop. Zeng sometimes was paid a cut of the money from business deals with which the firm was involved.
Zeng is married to Hongtu Liu, a scientist for China’s Center for Disease Control, according to records reviewed by The Daily Wire.
A January 2022 study on a possible way to fight the herpes simplex virus, co-authored by Liu, listed his affiliations as including the “Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention-Wuhan Institute of Virology, Chinese Academy of Sciences Joint Research Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases and Biosafety, Wuhan” as well as the “Center for Biosafety Mega-Science, Chinese Academy of Science, Wuhan.”
A May 2022 study on the human papillomavirus (HPV) was also co-authored by Liu, with the same affiliations listed.
In 2006, the couple bought a home in Pennsylvania, according to public records. Liu did research at the Abramson Cancer Center at the University of Pennsylvania. A 2010 study involving RNA co-authored by Liu lists his affiliation as being with the Abramson Family Cancer Research Institute, but notes that his “present address” is with China’s CDC.
The University of Pennsylvania funds the Penn Biden Center, a Joe Biden-connected office and think tank, which it established in 2018. The Center has encouraged closer U.S.-China ties, and the university received tens of millions of dollars in Chinese donations shortly after the project was announced in 2017. Classified documents were found at the Penn Biden Center in D.C. just before the 2022 elections.
A Senate committee concluded that the COVID virus likely leaked from the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
But Liu’s research on sexually transmitted diseases may have been of more interest to Hunter Biden, whose laptop revealed numerous trysts with prostitutes. In one text message on the laptop, Biden’s sister-in-law-turned-girlfriend Hallie Biden and her sister discuss sharing a prescription for Valtrex, a herpes medication.
For years, Zeng served as one of Hunter Biden’s international deal-brokering business’s major entrees to China, particularly when it came to biotech, and dined with Biden at places like Bourbon Steak.
In March 2010, Zeng set up a meeting between Schwerin and Dr. Tianyi Wang, the founder of China’s State Guest Entrepreneurs Club, which “serves as the conduit for the formation of a domestic asset fund management investment and advisory service.” Wang is also president of the China International Industry and Commerce Co.
“One thing you both have to do when you are in China is see Xiaoying,” Schwerin wrote that year to Hunter Biden and Devon Archer, another business partner who last year was sentenced to prison for fraud.
In one 2014 email, a U.S. biotech exec writes to an associate, “See if Hunter’s group can get me a meeting with the CHINESE CEO at MICROPORT during the upcoming NASS meeting in San Francisco Nov12th-14th. It has to be with the top dog.” Schwerin wrote to Hunter: “I may be able to see if Xiaoying can get to them and arrange but this is something we should charge for wouldn’t you think?”
In May 2014, Hunter and Schwerin’s firm, Rosemont Seneca, helped raise $28 million for medical testing startup Counsyl. A month prior, as Counsyl was seeking Chinese investors without success, Schwerin floated Liu for a job at the firm.
“If Counsyl is looking for someone there they may also want to consider Xiaoying’s husband. According to Xiaoying he is starting a business that does online testing for HPV. Could be a great entree for Counsyl in China considering how connected he is working for the Chinese CDC.”
The next month, John DeLoche, another Rosemont business partner, wrote to Counsyl about their “China strategy.”
“We have deep relationships in China and could introduce you to a number of potential partners including China Investment Corporation (CIC), a $400bn sovereign wealth fund as well as several other potential investors/partners. Hunter and Devon spend a lot of time in the region and will come back to us with a full list of potential intros for your thoughts next week,” he wrote.
Schwerin forwarded the email to Hunter Biden, again pushing Liu: “Xiaoying’s husband is starting his own company with a couple of other friends from China’s CDC which would be the first company to do online disease testing in China – their initial focus would be HPV which is his area of expertise. Got to be a way to put all three parts of this together. They said this woman Shirley was heading up their China strategy but if she is coming up empty then maybe this is the perfect way to go. Should I get on the phone with Xiaoying and feel her out on the idea re CITIC?” he said, referring to a Chinese medical and investment company.
In January 2015, Schwerin sent Hunter Biden an “update” on Abbott Labs: “Supposed to get confirmation that our contract is being renewed sometime this week. Majority of it goes to Xiaoying but still would be good to have it renewed,” he said.
In June 2016, Hunter Biden wrote to one “Mr. Huang”: “It was great to meet you last week in Washington, DC. Thank you so much for the lovely gifts and please relay my thanks to your Chairman as well. I am sorry we didn’t get to spend more time together, but Eric and Xiaoying have filled me in on your plans in the U.S. and China and I look forward to being as helpful as possible.”
Zeng did not return a request for comment from The Daily Wire.