Stephen Bannon, recently removed from President Trump's White House, will speak at an event in Hong Kong next week hosted by a brokerage firm owned by the Chinese government.
Bannon, the executive director of Breitbart News and a prominent China hawk, is set to speak at CLSA, a unit of a Chinese state-owned brokerage and investment bank, according to Bloomberg, and will address investors on the topics of "American economic nationalism, the populist revolt and Asia."
Until August, Bannon served as Trump's top strategist and managed his presidential campaign in its final months. Shortly before he left the administration, Bannon gave a much-noted interview with the liberal American Prospect in which he called for "economic war" with China. Since rejoining Breitbart, Bannon has indicated that he aims to step up his efforts to advance nationalist trade and immigration policies.
The former investment banker has long called for a more confrontational approach to China over trade, a view that aligns with Trump's own views on the country.
Bannon told the New York Times that he would bring his nationalistic message to Hong Kong.
"China right now is Germany in 1930," he told the newspaper. "It's on the cusp. It could go one way or the other.
In Bannon's reckoning, China's rise came at the expense of the U.S. middle class, and that arrangement cannot be sustained.
"We have to reassert ourselves as the real Asian power: economically, militarily, culturally, politically," he told the New York Times.