Last week, the United States Senator Marco RubioR-Fla., sent a letter to Dr. Lawrence Bacowthe president of Harvard Universityregarding a possible counterpart agreement in which officials of the real estate company, Evergrandewhich maintains close ties with the Chinese Communist Partydonated $115 million to Harvard Medical School in exchange for access to influential American virology experts, including Dr Anthony Fauciwho were studying the origins of COVID-19.
Just days after Harvard received the donation, Harvard-linked virology experts, some of whom had previously speculated that the virus may have been engineered and leaked from a Wuhan, Chinaprivately and publicly condemned and wrongly dismissed the possibility that the virus may have emerged following a research-related incident at the state-run Wuhan Institute of Virology.
The letter is below.
Dear President Bacow:
Harvard University is considered one of the most prestigious institutions of higher learning in the world. It adds credibility to any business that bears his name. Accordingly, you and all of Harvard’s faculty and staff bear a heavy responsibility to ensure that this credibility is not used for purposes contrary to the university’s mission, or worse, to purposes detrimental to the interests of the American people. .
It has come to my attention that in the early days of the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States, you, Harvard Provost Alan Garber, and George Daley, Dean of Harvard Medical School facilitated what would become a concerning relationship between Dr. Anthony Fauci and Chinese property developer Evergrande. According to the report of The viewerthese interactions apparently shaped two subsequent developments: 1) a $115 million gift from Evergrande to Harvard Medical School, and 2) a decision by American scientists and public health officials, including Dr. to publicly rule out the possibility that the novel coronavirus emerged following a research-related incident, likely at the state-run Wuhan Institute of Virology, after those same scientists and officials discussed this hypothesis in private and deemed it plausible.
Although The Spectator did not characterize the situation precisely in these terms, the coincidence of these events suggests the possibility of a quid pro quo, whereby Harvard officials, in exchange for a large donation from Evergrande, contacted the American public health officials to convince them that the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) favorite theory of the origin of COVID-19 was the only theory that should be seriously considered. The CCP’s outreach to Harvard through Evergrande is consistent with the CCP’s past attempts to influence decision-making in other countries, including the United States, through non-traditional means as well as influential private sector actors and of civil society. While Evergrande is apparently a private company, the laws of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) make it clear that all companies are required to comply with CCP guidelines. The Australian government has rightly said that “there is no such thing” as “private business” in the PRC. Given Harvard University’s long history of working in China and interacting with PRC officials, I would expect you and other members of the university leadership to have seen the awareness of Evergrande for what it was: an attempt by the CCP to obscure the origin of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 and absolve itself of responsibility for causing the worst pandemic in a century.
As vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee and member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, I have a responsibility to the American taxpayer to ensure that recipients of federal funding, such as Harvard, are not complicit malicious attempts by the CCP to subvert the interests of the United States, including the search for the origin of COVID-19. As such, I request your prompt response to the following questions:
1. Did you or other members of the Harvard administration contact the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) or other law enforcement agencies regarding Evergrande’s attempt to contact Dr. Fauci through Harvard?
2. When Evergrande founder and CCP member Xu Jiayin contacted you in January 2020, he allegedly claimed that there had been no interaction between the National Institute for Health (NIH) or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of the United States and their counterparts in the PRC. Didn’t you know that Dr. George Gao, the director general of the China CDC, had not only been in contact with Dr. Robert Redfield, the director of the US CDC, on several occasions since early January, but that Gao had also refused support? offered by the United States?
3. When Harvard Medical School Dean George Daley contacted Dr. Fauci on February 2, 2020, had Evergrande already communicated his intention to pledge $115 million to Harvard Medical School?
4. Please provide, publicly, the terms of Evergrande’s donation to Harvard Medical School. Did Evergrande tie this donation to a specific action by Harvard or Harvard faculty?
5. Please release the details of the meeting between Evergrande and Dean Daley mentioned in Dean Daley’s Feb. 2 email to Dr. Fauci.
6. Please disclose the full content of the redacted email from Evergrande Chief Health Officer, Dr. Jack Lu, to Dean Daley that was included in the February 2 email.
7. Please provide a full account of how Harvard spent the $12 million of the $115 million gift it received from Evergrande. Can you clarify if any of this money went directly to the management of Harvard Medical School?
The United States has entered an era of great competition with the CCP, a regime that has explicitly called for the ousting of the United States as the world’s leading power. It is incumbent on all Americans to be vigilant against the CCP’s attempts to weaken the United States and our institutions, including our educational institutions. Based on Harvard’s previous interactions with Evergrande and, by extension, Beijing, I can only assume that Harvard ignores the CCP threat at best or actively supports our main adversary at worst.
Thank you in advance for your prompt response to these questions.