Rep. Liz Cheney’s husband’s law firm serves several Chinese Communist Party-related clients, including companies linked to the regime’s military, and hires former CCP officials to underpin its extensive China practice, the National Pulse reported.
Phillip Perry, a partner at Latham & Watkins, is the husband of Cheney, who is facing the pressure of removal from the House Republican Conference Chair for criticizing her own party and former President Donald Trump.
His law firm has offices in Shanghai and Beijing and has collaborated with companies that the U.S. State Department has labeled as “tools” of the Chinese Communist Party as well as with its People’s Liberation Army.
Perry, who served in the George W. Bush administration, has defended the “revolving door” between government officials and lobbying and legal firms. The term “revolving door” refers to individuals who move in and out of government for monetary benefit.
Although Perry has claimed to enter politics to serve his country, his colleagues are assisting a foreign hostile nation.
Latham & Watkins describes “Greater China Practice” as “advising” the Chinese Communist Party-linked technology firm Tencent, as reported by the National Pulse.
Tencent has been labeled as a “tool of the Chinese government” by the State Department’s Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation, which also claimed the CCP’s wider crusade “to shape the world consistent with its authoritarian model” includes “a foundation of technology-facilitated surveillance and social control.”
Tencent’s data encryption capabilities were rated zero out of 100 by Amnesty International, which noted that the company had not “stated publicly that they will not grant government requests to backdoor.”
Latham & Watkins has boasted about how it successfully “persuaded” the U.S. government to lift Trump-era sanctions on China COSCO Shipping Corporation Limited, a state-owned notorious logistics firm that the U.S. task force has labeled as a “thinly veiled arm of the Chinese military.”
Former Chinese Communist Party apparatchiks are now employed by Latham & Watkins to bolster the firm’s China practice.
Hui Xu, Perry’s fellow partner, describes himself in his bio that he once worked in the in-house legal department of the China Chamber of Commerce under the Ministry of Commerce, where he dealt with trade remedy, intellectual property, and WTO matters.
Latham & Watkins has also released “Doing Business in China” pamphlets and lauded China’s Five-Year Plans for their “increased focus on climate change and a more open trade environment.”