A wealthy U.S. casino owner known as a friend of former President Trump was a “Chinese agent”.
On May 17, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., seeking to compel Steve Wynn, 80, the wealthy founder of the Las Vegas casino giant Wynn Resorts, to comply with his registration obligations under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) because he was working for the Chinese government and conducting operations against the White House at its request. The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C.
Mr. Wynn later received a call from Sun Lijun himself, who promised to cooperate. In a June 27 social networking post sent by Broidy through Wynn’s wife, he wrote, “In Mar-a-Lago, President Xi Jinping
told President Trump, ‘We want Guo Wengui back. (If you do so), we will release the Americans detained in China and accept the deportation of many illegal Chinese immigrants in the United States. In addition, we will provide new support for the North Korean problem,’” it said.
Mar-a-Lago is President Trump’s vacation home, where the first U.S.-China summit meeting was held on April 6, 2017. It is rare that the raw details of the negotiations at the summit are revealed to the public, but this time the Justice Department has revealed that President Xi Jinping himself had approached President Trump about expelling Guo Wengui. In other words, the Guo Wengui issue had become a top-level diplomatic issue discussed between the leaders of the U.S. and China at the time.
After receiving this SNS on June 27, Wynn directly informed President Trump “that the Chinese government wanted Guo Wengui removed” at a dinner in Washington, D.C., and provided a passport photo of Guo Wengui to Trump’s secretary.
After the dinner, Broidy sent a message saying that “Sun Lijun was very pleased and said that President Xi Jinping appreciated Wynn’s cooperation.” To which Wynn replied, “This issue is being discussed at the highest levels of the State Department and the Pentagon.”
In reality, however, the ousting of Guo Wengui did not make immediate progress. In July and August, Wynn contacted National Security Council officials and the president’s chief of staff to inform them that the Chinese government has a great interest in having Guo Wengui extradited as soon as possible. He also made several personal visits to the White House in August to meet with President Trump.
However, the pressure did not work: on August 19, while sailing off the coast of Italy on a yacht owned by the Broidy couple, Wynn called President Trump from the ship and asked him what the current status of Guo Wengui was. President Trump only replied, “I’ll look into it.” After this, any movement related to the ousting of Guo Wengui fell silent.
In October, Mr. Wynn informed Sun Lijun that he could no longer cooperate with him and asked him not to contact him in the future. Thus, the Chinese government’s efforts to manipulate the White House through Mr. Wynn ended in failure.
According to the DOJ, it has been suggested that Mr. Wynn’s approach to President Trump at the request of the Chinese government was motivated by his desire to maintain his interests in the casinos he operates in Macau. Sun Lijun, who set up this operation against the U.S., used to be the chief of the Hong Kong Macau Taiwan Affairs Office of the Ministry of Public Security.
“If the Chinese Communist Party’s manipulations backed by casino interests had reached the heart of the White House, the shock of its revelation would be enormous,” said Professor Kitajima.
In Japan, there is no such system to register “agents of foreign governments”. Although some point out that Japan is a spy paradise, the actual state of foreign government infiltration of Nagatacho and Kasumigaseki has yet to be revealed. This lawsuit, which has revealed China’s hidden shadow power, is no stranger to Japan.