Secretary of State for Transportation Anthony Foxx – an endorser of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and board member at the Biden Institute – collaborated with Chinese Communist Party’s propaganda groups to boost his city’s economic reliance on China while Mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina.
Foxx served as Mayor of Charlotte from 2009 to 2013 before joining the Obama-Biden administration as the Secretary of Transportation. He endorsed Biden in early 2020, penning an op-ed to declare his support, calling Biden his “friend” and detailed their extensive collaboration while serving together in the White House.
Foxx has also collaborated extensively with the Chinese Communist Party.
The visit followed a newly-forged “EcoPartnership” between Charlotte and the Chinese city of Langfang. Through the Obama State Department initiative, Charlotte and Langfang collaborated on the “testing of solar power generation, substation and community battery storage capabilities, grid management optimization and energy efficiency initiatives.”
Such collaboration is especially dangerous given the Chinese government’s penchant for intellectual property theft in the field of energy technology, which has a potential for military application. It also increases the likelihood of intellectual property theft, which, as noted by the International Trade Commission hemmhorages $107 billion from the U.S. economy annually and millions of jobs.
The visit, occurring just days after Foxx won re-election, also sought to “grow the relationship between Baoding and Charlotte beyond that of a traditional Sister City.”
Foxx was referring to “foreign direct investment” (FDI), a euphemism for the process that allows foreign nations – chiefly China – to pour capital into the U.S. in exchange for ownership, influence, and profit. The U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission’s 2019 Report identified FDI – an industry worth tens of billions of dollars – as a tactic where “the Chinese government directs Chinese firms to invest in and acquire U.S. companies and assets in order to obtain cutting-edge technologies and IP, fostering technology transfer in strategic industries.”
Beyond the clear national security threat, collaboration with the Chinese Communist Party is also egregious in light of the government’s abysmal human rights record. Foxx’s trip, therefore, drew criticism, but Foxx brushed off these concerns as “what we have to do” and promised he’d offer “more to say” when he returned:
Prior to his China visit, Foxx visited a Confucius Classroom, the elementary school counterpart to Confucius Institutes.
These well-funded, controversial operations disguise themselves as language and culture initiatives despite being replete with “undisclosed ties to Chinese institutions, conflicted loyalties,” and espionage, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ).
Despite these ties, in 2011, Foxx toured a fifth-grade classroom located at Waddell Language Academy to observe a Confucius Institute-sponsored class. According to Confucius Institute Headquarter’s recounting of the event Foxx “was very impressed and offered them high praise.”
In contrast, the Trump administration has cracked down on Confucius Institutes, labeling them “foreign missions.”
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While at the White House, Foxx and Biden worked together on a public transportation initiative, causing the pair to embark on a “two-day swing through the Carolinas” to tout their nearly $500-billion-dollar infrastructure initiative.
Since departing the White House, however, Foxx has remained linked to the Democratic Presidential candidate.
He currently serves on the board of the Biden Institute, located at the University of Delaware’s Biden School of Public Policy and Administration. Named after the former veep, the institute serves to “influence, shape, and work to solve the most pressing domestic policy problems” and “focuses on the issues that have animated Vice President Biden’s public career.”
The Institute also notes it is “rooted in two guiding principles [Biden] has long embraced: Economic opportunity and social justice.”
In other words, Foxx’s position on the institute’s board appears to suggest that the presidential candidate approves of Foxx’s push to procure closer relations between the U.S. and the Chinese Communist Party.
Foxx, who has already served in the Obama-Biden White House, ought to serve as a cautionary tale for what the composition of a potential Biden administration could look like.
In short: good for China, bad for America.