Chen Li, the CEO of Gotion, Inc. and Senior Vice President of the Chinese Communist Party-linked battery manufacturer Gotion High-tech, signed the mortgage with the state of Michigan to receive taxpayer funds, it is now revealed.

According to the document, which was executed October 25, 2023 — just days before Green Charter Township Supervisor James Chapman and several pro-Gotion township trustees were recalled November 7 — Gotion, Inc. is listed as the “mortgagor” and the Michigan Strategic Fund is listed as the “mortgagee.”

Source: Mecosta County Recorder

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The mortgage details some of the funds the company will be receiving, including a $125 million “Critical Industry Program” grant and a $50 million “Strategic Site Readiness Program” grant.

All told, CCP Gotion is slated to receive $715 million in cash payments and tax incentives from Michigan taxpayers by the Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) administration.

The signature page included Chen Li and a notary based in Alameda County, California:

Source: Mecosta County Recorder

The Midwesterner previously reached out to Chen Li to ask him whether he was a member of the Chinese Communist Party. He didn’t respond.

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In a radio interview last year, Gotion Vice President Chuck Thelen acknowledged that Li is “President” of Gotion, Inc. and a board member of Gotion High-Tech, the China-based headquarters of the company’s global activities.

Thelen claimed Li has no “party affiliation” in China.

But a bio page on the World Economic Forum website says Li “is a member of the CPPCC of Baohe District in Hefei City.”

The Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) describes itself as “under the leadership of the Communist Party of China (CPC), and an important means of promoting socialist democracy in China’s political activities.”

The CPPCC’s charter states, “Members of the CPPCC National Committee and local committees should love the motherland, uphold the leadership of the CPC and the socialist cause, maintain ethnic solidarity and national unity, observe the Constitution and the law, keep state secrets, maintain integrity and self-discipline, be representative of the sectors to which they belong, and have the necessary social influence and ability to participate in and deliberate state affairs.”


The Midwesterner asked a media representative for Gotion about Chen Li’s party status. He didn’t respond.

Chen Li is the son of Zhen Li, founder of Gotion High-Tech, according to corporate documents.

Zhen Li is the largest shareholder of Gotion High-Tech, owning 11.5 percent of shares, Market Screener reports.

Chen Li is the second largest shareholder, with 1.64 percent. His stock ownership has a value of $121.3 million.