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Arizona Democrat Senate Candidate Founded Company Funded by Chinese Tech Giant

Kelly’s company took funding from a Chinese tech giant.

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Arizona Democrat Senate candidate Mark Kelly founded a company that has recieved millions in funding from Chinese tech giant Tencent, Real Clear Politics reported on Wednesday.

World View Enterprises, a private spacecraft tourism company that Kelly founded in 2013, received two rounds of capital funding from Tencent in 2014 and 2016.

Chinese technology companies are obligated to cooperate with the nation’s Communist authoritarian government and intelligence services by Chinese law, and some argue that the structure of the nation’s big companies such as Tencent renders them little more than state-run enterprises.

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The federal government is increasingly skeptical of companies such as Tencent specifically, which suspended its streaming service of National Basketball Association games in China after the Daryl Morey Hong Kong protests controversy. Tencent is the parent company of Chinese social media platform WeChat, which participated in prolific censorship of criticism regarding the Chinese government’s deceptive response to the coronavirus epidemic.

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Senators Josh Hawley and Ted Cruz introduced a legislative proposal to bar federal employees from conducting communications on platforms owned by Chinese companies Tencent, Huawei, and ZTE, citing the possibility of Chinese surveillance of sensitive U.S. information.

Kelly is financially linked to the company, raising serious questions as to why the Democratic Senate candidate thought it would be a sober decision to do business with a Chinese company for an enterprise involving sensitive air and space technology. His personal financial disclosure forms for his Senate campaign reveal he still maintains a personal financial stake of between $100,000 and $250,000 in World View, and his campaign itself accepted a $5,000 contribution from Tencent chief exploration officer David Wallerstein.

As of Thursday morning, Kelly is yet to provide an answer for his investment connections with the Chinese technology company.

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NEW: Joe Biden Bashes Incoming Trump Administration In Leaked 2016 Call to President of Ukraine

Completely inappropriate.

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Joe Biden speaks in critical and partisan terms of the incoming Trump administration in a new leaked call to the President of Ukraine unveiled Wednesday.

In the call, conducted in November 2016 a week after then-candidate Trump’s election victory, Biden bashes the incoming administration to the foreign leader, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. Biden assails the Trump transition team as incompetent, turning down the idea of visiting the country before the January transition before Trump is “fully briefed” on matters related to Ukraine.

In a second call, Biden asks for Poroshenko to describe his conversations with incoming President Trump, going to to speak of Trump in more dismissive terms. He describes Trump as a “dog who caught the car, and who doesn’t know what to do.” Not quite a “dog-faced pony soldier,” but definitely not an appropriate way for an outgoing vice president to describe an incoming president to a foreign leader.

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A Ukrainian comedian originally released the calls, suggesting questionable operational security within the conversations of Joe Biden and Poroshenko. Biden has a lengthy history of ethical questions regarding his relationship with Ukraine, including looking the other way as his son Hunter secured an extremely lucrative position at a Ukrainian oil company without any experience whatsoever in the energy industry.

Biden himself would later go on to demand the firing of a Ukrainian prosecutor who was investigating corruption allegations against the younger Biden, a clear conflict of interest Biden merely dismissed when he spoke openly of securing the prosecutor’s firing at a Council on Foreign Relations public event.

This is a totally inappropriate way for a Vice President to speak to a foreign leader, and the public should be concerned about how Biden plans to conduct diplomacy should he be elected President.

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