by Luis Miguel Sept 7, 2020
Douglas Emhoff, the husband of Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris, works at a multinational law firm that consults for several companies owned by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and that employs former CCP officials.
Emhoff’s firm, DLA Piper, boasts of its nearly 130 years of experience dealing in China, as well as its team of 140 lawyers who make up a “China Investment Services” branch.
Harris’ husband has served as a partner in the firm’s Intellectual Property and Technology practice and its Media, Sport, and Entertainment sector since 2017.
To assist in its China-focused consulting, DLA Piper has “China Desks” in both the United States and Europe, which raises questions about whether China’s closeness to Emhoff’s business could be exploited by the communist nation to gain leverage in the White House should Biden/Harris win in November.
DLA Piper has received big awards from the China Business Law Journal and China Law and Practice. The National Pulse notes of the firm’s hiring of former Chinese communist officials:
Ernest Yang, who serves as the firm’s Head of Litigation & Regulatory department and Co-Head of International Arbitration, was appointed to the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) in 2013. The CPPCC serves as the top advisory board for the Chinese Communist Party, and Yang was promoted to the body’s Standing Committee in 2019.
Jessica Zhao, a Senior Advisor, served as the Deputy Secretary General of the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC), a government-owned body established by the Chinese Communist Party in 1956. It was developed under the auspices of the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade, “a governmental body for the furtherance of Chinese trade promotion.”
Gloria Liu, who is a partner at DLA Piper, has“represented lead investors” in deals with Bytedance the company of controversial social media app TikTok, which President Trump is set to ban out of concerns that it feeds user information to China. Liu’s role, DLA Piper says, involves “liaising with the central and local authorities” in China.
Another consultant, James Phillips, identifies himself as having “advised” the Chinese Embassy in Canberra, Australia.
DLA Piper has regularly worked for China’s Communist Party. The company proudly admits that it served as an advisor for two government-owned airlines: China Eastern Airlines and China Southern Airlines.
Additionally, DLA Piper advised China Merchants Group (CMG), a state-owned company “under the direct supervision” of the Chinese Communist Party’s State Council, on a $2.5 billion tech deal.
CMG calls itself a “crucial participant and promoter of the national initiative of the Belt and Road,” an initiative by the CCP to gain greater economic and political control of the developing world.
Another company advised by DLA Piper, Huarong Investment Stock Corporation Limited, is a subsidiary of one of China’s largest state-owned bad debt managers. Then there’s China National Gold Group, a state-owned mining and refining company.
Still another client is Tencent, which hosts the WeChat app that was banned by the Trump administration over its links to the Chinese Communist Party. The company partnered with DLA Piper on a $230 million deal on a food delivery app, Miss Fresh.
DLA Piper has a “strong strategic partnership” with The Cohen Group, a consulting firm founded by former Secretary of Defense and Joe Biden endorser Bill Cohen.
Although Cohen described President Trump as a “tyrant,” his firm employs several high-level leaders in the Chinese Communist Party and has advised party officials as part of a Harvard program. The program has been attended by entities that the Trump administration sanctioned for committing “serious human rights abuses.”
Cohen has personally traveled to China on several occasions to meet with Chinese Communist Party officials to increase Chinese capital flow into the U.S., which is the main avenue through which intellectual property theft and spying occur.
Of course, Joe Biden himself has no shortage of troubling links to China. His son, Hunter, got rich off Chinese coal (while his father was in the Obama administration making war on American coal) and helped China acquire strategically sensitive American assets.
This is the same Hunter Biden who made $80,000 a month while working at a shady Ukrainian law firm that his father helped keep from being investigated. When President Trump tried to look into the matter, he got impeached.
Between Biden and Harris, a Democrat win in November would likely turn the White House into another satellite of Beijing.