US media reported last September that a social media network of exiled Chinese businessman and disinformation peddler Guo Wengui had claimed he had hired Erik Prince, a former Navy SEAL turned international mercenary, to provide security for the “government-in-exile” Guo launched last year. According to a Daily Beast report:
September 4, 2021 A social media network belonging to a controversial Chinese billionaire with a history of peddling disinformation says he’s hired notorious soldier of fortune Erik Prince to provide security for a sort of anti-communist shadow government. It’s a claim Prince denies—even as he admits to a brief contact with the man just weeks ago. A pair of videos posted last month to Guo Wengui’s social media platform GTV asserted that the self-styled refugee had concluded a deal with Prince, a former Navy SEAL turned international mercenary. Under the purported pact, the videos suggested, Prince would provide security for the New Federal State of China, the “government-in-exile” Guo launched last year. In the first video, posted Aug. 6, two anchors flanked by yellow-starred flags representing the New Federal State attested to a business arrangement between Guo and Prince. “This afternoon, he reached an agreement, right here, with our Wengui, to work together strategically,” one said, according to translations provided by Mandarin-speaking sources. The second video, posted to GTV two days after the first, went further. “We will work together with Erik Prince to build a security system for the New Federal China,” a voiceover says. “We will establish legal arm forces in the countries around the world.”
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The report notes that if the GTV claims are true, this would mark a major collaboration between two of the most controversial figures in former President Donald Trump’s political orbit. However, according to the Daily Beast, Prince denied that he had any business dealings with Wengui.
We had reported earlier about legal and financial fights within the anti-China disinformation network founded Guo Wengui together with former Trump advisor Steve Bannon.