Hunter Biden’s art dealer Georges Bergès planned in 2015 to be the “lead” Chinese art dealer, as President Joe Biden’s son consummated deals with Chinese officials and made tens of thousands of dollars per month serving on the board of Burisma in 2014.
“My plan is to be the lead guy in China; the lead collector and art dealer discovering and nurturing talent from that region,” Bergès said in 2015. “I plan to find and discover and bring to the rest of the world those I consider China’s next generation of modern artists.”
“China’s economy is transforming the global economy and everything is changing because of a rising China,” Bergès said regarding China’s impact on the art world.
“Cultural power is real power. That is the reason America continues to be the capital of the world, because of its influence on culture for generations and on an unrivaled global level,” Bergès continued. “And I think more and more the Chinese are beginning to understand that cultural innovation will power their future cultural influence across continents.”
Bergès also admitted in 2014 that he travels to Communist China “three or four times a year” and that, at the time, he had a “solid group of about 25 collectors, most of them overseas.”
Bergès connections to Communist China is concerning due to Hunter’s past work as his father served as vice president — making deals with Chinese officials and cashing in tens of thousands of dollars per month serving on the board of Burisma, a Ukrainian oligarch-owned oil and gas company, despite having no experience in the energy sector.
President Joe Biden later bragged about threatening to withhold aid from Ukraine unless officials fired the prosecutor conducting a corruption investigation into Burisma.
But instead of making the transactions more transparent and open, the Biden White House is hoping to strike a deal to make buyers of Hunter Biden’s artwork, which is expected to sell for up to half a million dollars, anonymous.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Thursday called Hunter’s meeting with potential “anonymous” art buyers “reasonable.”
But Bergès and his art gallery have a troubled past.
Bergès was reportedly sued for fraud and breach of contract in 2016 by an investor in his gallery. Before filing for personal bankruptcy in 1998, Bergès was arrested in California, and “charged with assault with a deadly weapon and ‘terrorist threats,’ according to public records from the Santa Cruz Police Department.”
Bergès links to Communist China, along with his shady past, will not deter Bergès from setting the prices for Hunter’s “artwork” while withholding “all records, including potential bidders and final buyers.”
Bergès “has also agreed to reject any offer that he deems suspicious or that comes in over the asking price, according to people familiar with the agreement,” the Washington Post explained.
“The only way to address these issues is with greater transparency–not less,” he stated. “Their proposed solution is greater secrecy, not transparency. And they are essentially saying ‘Trust Us.’ Joe and Hunter Biden’s track record on such matters gives us no reason to trust them.”