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Fugitive Chinese billionaire says he talks to Steve Bannon

By Elizabeth Shim
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Fugitive Chinese billionaire says he talks to Steve Bannon
Guo Wen-gui in April 2017. Photo by Momocalbee/Wikimedia Commons

Dec. 12 (UPI) -- A fugitive Chinese billionaire who has vowed to expose corrupt Chinese officials said he has a good relationship with Steve Bannon, U.S. President Donald Trump's former senior counselor and campaign chief.

Bannon, who resigned following the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Va., in August, has met with Guo Wengui more than 10 times for conversation, Guo was quoted as saying in Hong Kong newspaper Ming Pao on Tuesday.

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Guo made the remarks while announcing plans to create a news site that would expose corruption in the upper reaches of the central leadership in Beijing, the report stated.

Bannon is executive chairman of Breitbart News, and is also the founder of the news site that has often been described as "far-right."

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Guo Wengui, a member of Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Fla., had stated in documents submitted to a U.S. court that he would be persecuted and severely punished if he returned to China.

The Chinese billionaire may be raising the stakes with his plans to publish what he says he knows about the Chinese leadership.

Ming Pao reported Guo aims to launch a new news platform by the end of the month "exposing the secrets of the Communist Party leadership."

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"As you know, I have enough money to undertake this kind of work," Guo said.

The fugitive real estate tycoon has used social media and sites like YouTube to provide details of political corruption in China.

Guo later shut down his Facebook page, citing privacy concerns.

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The billionaire said he has plenty of material including "100 hours of recorded conversation" with Chinese government officials.

China has been pursuing corruption cases under President Xi Jinping.

The government recently opened an investigation into graft involving Sun Zhengcai, a Chongqing-based official with senior leadership potential, South China Morning Post reported Tuesday.

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