National Pulse reported on May 4 that Nuria Fernandez, the proposed deputy administrator of the U.S. Federal Transit Administration, whose nomination was recently submitted for Senate confirmation, has invested in a technology company that the State Department has labeled a “tool” of the Chinese Communist Party.
Fernandez, who has been key in the Biden White House’s push for a massive transportation and infrastructure program, has a financial interest in Tencent, a company with direct ties to the Chinese Communist Party. Fernandez’s most recent financial disclosure shows that she owns stock in Tencent worth $1,001-$15,000.
The State Department’s Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation describes Tencent as a “tool of the Chinese Communist government” and notes that “if Chinese Communist officials ask for Tencent’s assistance, they have no ability to say no.” Even Amnesty International rated Tencent’s data encryption capabilities as zero out of 100, noting that Tencent has not “publicly stated that it will not accede to backdoor requests from the Chinese Communist Party.
The State Department report adds that Tencent provides “the basis for technological surveillance and social control” and is part of a broader campaign by the Chinese Communist Party to “shape the authoritarian model of the world.
Tencent CEO Ma Huateng is known to have direct ties to the CCP, as he is vice chairman of the National Youth Federation and a deputy to the National People’s Congress. Ma has also expressed support for blurring the lines between the private and public sectors, even choosing to assist the CCP with “law enforcement and security issues” and collaborating on the development of “patriotic” video games.