President Biden’s latest State Department hire, who once urged Americans to “embrace China,” has worked with two prominent Chinese Communist Party front groups to foster ties between Washington and Beijing.
Biden tapped Nina Hachigian to serve as the State Department’s special representative for subnational diplomacy. The newly created position is aimed in part at countering China’s growing diplomatic influence. But Hachigian has worked in recent years with Chinese organizations the Biden administration has said are influence organs for the Chinese Communist Party.
As deputy mayor of Los Angeles, Hachigian met with the president of the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries, a major CCP influence group, to discuss “exchanges and cooperation” between the United States and China. At the Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank, Hachigian was part of a delegation with officials from the CCP-backed China–U.S. Exchange Foundation that proposed “exchanges of military personnel” between the American military and People’s Liberation Army to strengthen the U.S.-China relationship. She also collaborated at the Center for American Progress with an official from the China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations, a government think tank overseen by China’s main intelligence agency.