Former chief strategist for US President Donald Trump, Steve Bannon, has lent his support to exiled Chinese billionaire Guo Wengui in a campaign to investigate China’s ruling elite, the two announced at a press conference in New York on Tuesday.

Bannon introduced the “Rule of Law Fund” which aims to investigate wrongdoing, including the alleged involvement of Chinese officials in the death and disappearance of Chinese individuals. Bannon said he would chair and oversee operations of the initiative.

Among the individuals that Guo claims was killed under direction from Beijing is billionaire co-founder of HNA Group Wang Jian. French authorities determined that Wang had died having accidentally fallen off a ledge while he was traveling in France.

Guo, also known as Miles Kwok, is wanted by Beijing in connection with corruption charges and has spent the last several years levying unsubstantiated accusations of abuses of Chinese Communist Party officials. His Twitter account, which has been his preferred platform for his accusations, is currently suspended.

Former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon introduces fugitive Chinese billionaire Guo Wengui at a news conference on November 20, 2018 in New York, on the death of of tycoon Wang Jian in France on July 3, 2018. (Photo by Don EMMERT / AFP)
Photo: AFP/Don Emmert

Guo gave a presentation alongside Bannon, and has pledged to back the fund with US$100 million and formally request that the FBI and relevant law enforcement authorities review “voluminous investigative material.”