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According to the newest emails discovered on Hunter Biden's notorious laptop, he attempted to create a very profitable 'forever' business agreement with a state-owned Chinese energy company that has since been sanctioned by the US due to its links to the Chinese military.
The plot would appear to have included Kazakhstan's then-prime minister, who was jailed on accusations of treason last month after being fired as head of the country's intelligence service.
The emails were sent in April 2014, while Biden's father, President Joe Biden, was vice president, and nearly a year before the father and son posed for a photo with Kazakhstani diplomat Karim Massimov in a Washington, DC restaurant.
The communication shows Hunter Biden and then-business partner Devon Archer — who has subsequently participated in the first son's tax investigation — discussing an offer to assist China National Offshore Oil Corp. discover "investment prospects."
That same month, both men were named to the board of Burisma Holdings, a Ukrainian energy business that paid Biden up to $1 million each year, and Archer claimed that a transaction incorporating the two offshore corporations would set them up for life.
“If we can connect the dots here between CNOOC and Bursima we can do only that, forever,” Archer wrote on April 8, 2014.
Less than 10 minutes later, Biden responded: “Thinking the same thing, fraught with many land mines- but…”
“Many…don’t even know if we could pull it off but it’s a major option,” Archer wrote back.
In a follow-up letter, Biden mentioned the potential of involving Kazakhstan, an oil-rich former Soviet country, saying, "What about KZ? How will the shutdown of their (sic) massive will affect our guys?"
Archer responded that he'd "been thinking about it" and will be "speaking to Masimof's (sic) son today," adding, "I'll let you know how that ends out."
On May 7, Hunter Biden wrote Burisma executive Vadim Pozharskyi to say he'd "landed in Beijing" and that "one of the main reasons is to explore prospective collaboration with CNOC(sic)/China and Burisma."
Archer also wrote to Pozharski on the same day, saying, "I will offer a detailed itinerary for KZ next week, but the principal meeting is planned with the Prime Minister of KZ, Masimof (sic), on June 2nd."
"Everything will focus on that meeting," he stated, "and the issue will be ensuring the greatest quality proven reserve resources in KZ."
Archer also mentioned a "preliminary plan" for him and someone only known as "Alex" to fly from Kazakhstan to Beijing.
“If you are able to coordinate CNOOC cooperation meetings in that time frame we would be hopeful you and Nikolay can join as well,” he added.
“Nikolay” appears to be a reference to Burisma founder Mykola Zlochevsky, a former Ukrainian government official who reportedly left the country before being charged in absentia in 2020 in an alleged corruption case.
In a subsequent email, Hunter Biden requested Archer to describe "how a Burisma/KZ/China agreement might look," to which Archer replied, "Quick response is I do not have an answer just yet, but that's what I am thinking about, studying, and structuring."
"CNOOC is a good to have in a case when it may be a silver bullet." "I am aware of that," he added.
CNOOC, China's third-largest oil corporation, was sanctioned in January 2021 by former President Donald Trump's exiting government for its actions in the South China Sea, where authorities said it was impeding other businesses from engaging in offshore oil and gas exploration and extraction.
"CNOOC serves as a bully for the People's Liberation Army in order to frighten China's neighbors," then-Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross stated at the time.
The measure, which prevents CNOOC from acquiring American high technology without a special license, comes just a month after it was added to a blacklist of putative Chinese military firms in which US Americans are not permitted to invest.
The emails were contained on the hard drive of a laptop computer that was left at a Delaware repair shop in April 2019 — as first revealed by The Post — which Hunter Biden has said may have been stolen from him before being abandoned.
The Daily Mail released them on Tuesday, claiming that the texts don't reveal if the deal under consideration was ever completed.
There has been no previous coverage of such an arrangement..
In June, the Washington Examiner was the first to report on the emails regarding the planned meeting with Massimov, including how Hunter Biden ditched his Secret Service detail in Paris in May 2014 to travel to Kazakhstan.
Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Ron Johnson (R-Wisconsin), who have been investigating Hunter Biden's overseas business dealings, accused the Secret Service last month of improperly redacting records of his travels, claiming documents they received "do not show whether [Secret Service] personnel or Hunter Biden traveled to Kazakhstan in May or June 2014."
Lawyers for Hunter Biden, who is exploring a new career as a self-taught painter, and Archer, who awaits sentence in an other fraud case later this month, did not immediately respond to requests for comment.