By Philip Lenczycki
A delegation from a Chinese think tank associated with China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs secretly met with a billionaire New York executive and a group of politically-connected individuals last week to discuss faltering U.S.-China relations, The Wall Street Journal reported, as China searches for ways to maintain influence over Washington.
Maurice Greenberg, CEO of Starr Insurance Companies, and a select group of business leaders and former U.S. government officials reportedly discussed issues such as Taiwan, North Korea and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine with representatives from the Chinese People’s Institute of Foreign Affairs (CPIFA) on Nov. 11 and 12, the WSJ reported. The Biden administration was subsequently briefed on Greenberg’s conference, which occurred just days before President Joe Biden met General Secretary Xi Jinping in Indonesia on Nov. 14.
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