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Yahoo! BooksOct 19, 2019
Bannon Teams Up With Chinese Group That Thinks Trump Will Bring on End-Times
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / Photos Getty/Courtesy Claws of The Red DragonAfter trying to launch his own cryptocurrency and failing to turn an Italian monastery into a training camp for Europe's far right, former Trump adviser Steve Bannon has a new plan: teaming up with a Chinese spiritual movement that reportedly believes Trump will bring about Judgment Day.On Saturday night, viewers of the rabidly pro-Trump cable news channel One America News Network will witness the premiere of Bannon's latest effort, a ripped-from-the-headlines political thriller modeled after the real-life legal battle that ensued following the arrest of an executive for Chinese tech company Huawei in Canada. Bannon didn't exact for subtlety as the executive producer of the film, Claws of the Red Dragon. Chinese communist officials in the movie meet in shadowy rooms to discuss the utmost importance of their "secret plan," while an intrepid reporter investigating Huawei stand-in "Huaxing" finds a dead cat left on her car in warning. In a Bannonian touch at the end, viewers are left with an Edmund Burke quote warning that evil triumphs when "good men do nothing." The message is obvious: Chinese executives and officials are intent on undermining other countries, and Western institutions have been too cowardly or greedy to stand up to them. What will be less clear to OANN's viewers is that the movie's funder, digital video company New Tang Dynasty, is closely tied to a spiritual movement that reportedl
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