Senate Candidate Mark Kelly Scrutinized for China-Linked Business Interests

Senate candidate Mark Kelly (D., Ariz.) sat on the advisory board of and held a significant financial interest in a Colorado company that partnered with a Chinese state-financed tech giant to bring supersonic aerospace technology to China in 2018, according to his financial disclosure reports.

Kelly, a former NASA astronaut, served on the advisory board for Boom Technology, a high-speed aircraft company in Colorado from 2015 to 2019 and owned private stock in the company worth between $115,000 and $300,000 as of last year.

In 2018, Boom Technology partnered with the Shanghai-based travel company Trip.com Group Limited, formerly known as Ctrip, to help “bring supersonic flight to China,” according to a joint announcement from the companies.

Ctrip has also been a key player in the Chinese government’s ongoing “Belt and Road Initiative,” a massive multi-country infrastructure project that the U.S. government has described as a global security threat.

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