A leader of a pro-China business group with ties to the Biden administration appeared at the Chinese Communist Party’s recent "democracy summit," where he lavished praise on the Xi Jinping regime.

Kenneth Quinn, a former U.S. diplomat who now serves as strategic adviser for the U.S. Heartland China Association, appeared virtually at China’s "International Forum on Democracy: The Shared Human Values." The propaganda event was meant to counter the United States's ongoing "Summit for Democracy," which is being attended virtually by more than 100 countries.

“I’m now very delighted to have been invited to participate," gushed Quinn, who was labeled a “strategic adviser of the United States” by Chinese state-run China Global Television Network. "And I’m speaking to you from Des Moines, Iowa, the state that twice has welcomed President Xi Jinping to come here, and I had the great honor to welcome President Xi when he spoke at the World Food Prize Hall of Laureates in 2012.”

Quinn's USHCA regularly partners with organizations tied to the CCP's United Front, China's foreign influence arm, described by Xi as a “magic weapon.” The Biden administration has tapped two of USHCA's top advisers, Reta Jo Lewis and Mitch Landrieu, to head the Export-Import Bank and serve as infrastructure czar, respectively.

Quinn's effusive praise of Xi and the CCP extended to honoring the 50th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China replacing Taiwan at the United Nations and the 30th anniversary of the Paris Peace Agreement on Cambodia, which he claimed showed “how China and the U.S., by promoting democracy, democratic elections, brought relief and peace to a conflict-ridden country.”


Quinn quoted a speech by Xi in which the Chinese leader claimed, “Peace and development are our common cause, equity and justice our common aspiration, and democracy and freedom our common pursuit.”

But Quinn steered clear of such subjects as China's abysmal human rights record, including the alleged genocide in the Xinjiang region, the repression of Tibet, and current threats to Taiwan.

The event's purpose as a counter to the U.S. event championing democracy was made clear Sunday, when the Chinese Foreign Ministry released a lengthy anti-U.S. polemic alleging widespread deficiencies and abuse of democracy in the U.S., as well as the harm of its exporting such democracy.”

“We hope the U.S. will face up to its democratic flaws, improve its democratic system, and stop the erroneous act of exporting its so-called democracy,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said Monday.


Quinn is not just any USHCA adviser. The pro-China group did a recent profile of Quinn, along with a more than hourlong interview with him, naming him the “first member of our Heartland Bridge Builder Hall of Fame.” USHCA promotes Quinn's media interviews, touts his role with the group and the awards he receives, and quotes him in its press releases.

Quinn has repeatedly bragged about being called an “old friend” of China and of Xi and says the first call the new Chinese ambassador to the U.S. made to any American outside the U.S. government was to him.