Fugitive Chinese tycoon tweets pictures of himself with Bannon

Billionaire businessman Guo Wengui is wanted by China for bribery, fraud and embezzlement. He fled China in 2015 and is seeking political asylum in the United States. In April, Interpol issued a global "red notice" for his repatriation at China's req
Billionaire businessman Guo Wengui is wanted by China for bribery, fraud and embezzlement. He fled China in 2015 and is seeking political asylum in the United States. In April, Interpol issued a global "red notice" for his repatriation at China's request.PHOTO: TWITTER/GUO WENGUI

WASHINGTON • Fugitive Chinese tycoon Guo Wengui has raised eyebrows by publishing photos of two separate meetings in less than a week with former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon.

The billionaire businessman on Tuesday wrote on Twitter that he first met Mr Bannon for lunch in Washington last Thursday after attending an event at the National Press Club.

The second meeting came on Tuesday, when Mr Bannon and his team visited Guo's New York home for a three-and-a-half hour dinner, said the South China Morning Post.

Guo is wanted by China for bribery, fraud and embezzlement.

He posted four photos of the meetings on Twitter, but his post did not disclose details of the discussions. However, the tweet said Mr Bannon had given Guo his permission to use the images on Twitter.

The tweet came after Mr Bannon was reported to have met Mr Wang Qishan - a powerful member of the standing committee of the Chinese Politburo who is leading President Xi Jinping's anti-corruption campaign - in Beijing last month.

The former White House official was said to have spent 90 minutes with Mr Wang, whose extended family was accused by Guo of amassing a fortune via a web of firms. These claims have not been proven.

Guo, who fled China in 2015, is seeking political asylum in the United States.

In April, Interpol issued a global "red notice" for his repatriation at China's request.

Mr Bannon, a deeply unpopular figure for his ultra-conservative views, was a staunch supporter of Mr Donald Trump during the presidential campaign last year.

He left the White House in August, seven months after his appointment, and returned to Breitbart News, a right-wing news outlet he co-founded.

But his recent private meetings with the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Mr Wang show that he is still viewed as an influential figure abroad.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 12, 2017, with the headline 'Fugitive Chinese tycoon tweets pictures of himself with Bannon'. Print Edition | Subscribe