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Tutoring Company Owned by a CCP-Linked Firm Has a Pentagon Contract

A venture firm tied to the Chinese Communist Party owns, which holds a Pentagon contract, raising security concerns over military family data exposure.

The CEO of Primavera Capital, Fred Hu, embodies the intricate web of influence that Chinese Communist Party (CCP) affiliates weave within the United States. With deep roots in CCP’s United Front system, Hu’s connections raise significant national security concerns, especially considering Primavera’s ownership of a U.S. education company involved in a Pentagon contract. This revelation should serve as a clarion call for Americans about the CCP’s subtle yet pervasive efforts to infiltrate and influence American society and its institutions.

Primavera’s strategic investment in TikTok’s parent company, ByteDance, already placed it under scrutiny, given TikTok’s contentious position in U.S. national security discussions. However, the discovery that Primavera also owns Princeton Review and, which holds a contract with the Pentagon, deepens the quagmire. Fred Hu’s longstanding affiliation with CCP’s influence operations, including his involvement in the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) and the Western Returned Scholars Association (WRSA), exposes a potential backdoor for Chinese espionage and influence within the U.S. military and educational sectors.

The U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission (USCC) has long warned of the CCP’s United Front as a mechanism for foreign influence and intelligence gathering. Hu’s participation in such organizations aligns with CCP’s strategy to leverage influential individuals within foreign societies to advance its geopolitical agenda. This is not merely about individual allegiance; it’s about a systemic effort by the CCP to infiltrate and manipulate from within.

Moreover, Primavera’s acquisition of U.S. education companies that hold sensitive contracts with the Pentagon highlights the CCP’s insidious approach to gaining footholds in critical U.S. infrastructure. This isn’t just about market dominance; it’s a clear national security threat. The United Front’s involvement in sectors ranging from technology to education underscores the CCP’s comprehensive strategy to assert its influence globally, leveraging economic investments as Trojan horses for espionage and ideological subversion.

Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton’s concerns about’s contract with the Pentagon illuminate the dangers of allowing companies with ties to CCP affiliates to access sensitive U.S. data. This scenario is not hypothetical; it’s a pressing reality. The FBI’s warnings about ByteDance’s obligations to the CCP echo the broader issue of Chinese companies’ compliance with national security laws that mandate cooperation with Chinese intelligence services.

Primavera Capital’s portfolio, including investments in companies like SenseTime, accused of developing technologies for racial profiling and surveillance in Xinjiang, further tarnishes its image. This is not just about business; it’s about complicity in human rights violations under the guise of venture capitalism.

The House’s recent actions against TikTok and the FBI Director Christopher Wray’s testimony underscore the bipartisan recognition of the CCP’s multifaceted threat to U.S. national security. However, the case of Fred Hu and Primavera Capital reveals that the issue extends beyond single companies or apps. It’s a systemic problem requiring comprehensive policy responses to safeguard U.S. interests against CCP’s covert influence operations.

As Americans, we must be vigilant and demand transparency and accountability from companies with ties to foreign adversaries. The CCP‘s United Front strategy, exemplified by Fred Hu’s activities, is a sobering reminder of the ongoing battle for influence that transcends borders. It’s imperative that we reinforce our defenses, both digital and ideological, against such insidious threats.

Robert Chernin

Robert Chernin

Robert B. Chernin has brought his years of political consulting and commentary back to radio. As a longtime entrepreneur, business leader, fundraiser and political confidant, Robert has a unique perspective with insights not heard anyway else. Robert has consulted on federal and statewide campaigns at the gubernatorial, congressional, senatorial, and presidential level. He served in leadership roles in the presidential campaigns of President George W. Bush as well as McCain for President. He led Florida’s Victory 2004’s national Jewish outreach operations as Executive Director. In addition, he served on the President’s Committee of the Republican Jewish Coalition. Robert co-founded and served as president of the Electoral Science Institute, a non-profit organization that utilizes behavioral science to increase voter participation and awareness. Robert can be heard on multiple radio stations and viewed on the “Of the People” podcast where you get your podcasts.