Blinken, Flournoy’s firm told clients how to score business deals with China
The firm’s website offers what reads like private access to a dream team of intelligence and security insiders.
Two potential Biden administration Cabinet members have touted their ability in while in the private sector to help clients navigate U.S. government regulations while doing business with communist-led China.
Antony Blinken, who Democrat Joe Biden picked as his nominee for secretary of state, is cofounder and managing partner in a strategic advisory firm with Michele Flournoy, who is widely handicapped as the next secretary of defense.
The firm, WestExec Advisors, claims to offer high-end clients “unparalleled expertise” on various factors pertaining to international business deals.
The group’s website offers what reads like private access to a dream team of intelligence and security insiders.
“We are an unrivaled, bipartisan team of senior national security leaders with the most recent experience and unmatched networks in defense, foreign policy, intelligence, economics, cybersecurity, data privacy, and strategic communications,” the website states.
The company’s summaries of successful work include projects that appear to help clients deal with Beijing while not drawing ire from U.S. national security authorities.
One client, identified only as a major U.S. manufacturing firm, sought help from WestExec when planning to do business in China.
The challenge, WestExec said, was as follows: “Continue to provide capability to and remain a trusted partner of the USG while pursuing commercial activities in China.”
The Blinken-Flournoy group advised the client on a number of issues including “a communications strategy for engagements with U.S. national security officials, and offered a strategic assessment of U.S.-China relations with specific implications for the company’s business strategy.”
Elsewhere, WestExec shepherded “a leading American pharmaceutical company, and a multi-billion dollar American technology company” that aspired to do business in China.
The challenge, according to WestExec, was to “develop a strategy for expanding market access in China while safeguarding against trade tensions between the U.S. and China; and develop and implement a market reentry and expansion strategy in east Asia.”
In those cases, the Blinken-Flournoy group states, “WestExec analyzed the trajectory of the U.S.-China economic relationship and Chinese domestic and global healthcare priorities to inform a comprehensive strategy that aligned the firm’s comparative advantages with Chinese objectives.”
In the process, WestExec said that it “identified U.S. and Chinese stakeholders to engage.”
Source: 8kun Notables, Blinken, Flournoy’s firm told clients how to score business deals with China