When The New Yorker magazine set out to research the danger of nuclear war with North Korea, writer Evan Osnos contacted Randal Phillips, a Mintz Group partner who heads the company’s Beijing office. In the article, Osnos described an episode from 2008, when North Korea’s then-dictator, Kim Jong Il, suffered a stroke.
“Randal Phillips, a senior C.I.A. officer overseeing operations in Asia, met a Chinese counterpart to share analyses, as they sometimes did,” the magazine quoted Phillips as saying. “But Phillips discovered that Chinese intelligence ‘didn’t know what was happening,’ he told me. ‘I think the Chinese know a hell of a lot less than people assume.’”