Steve Bannon, former chief strategist of the White House, was greeted by protesters before his speech at an investor conference in Hong Kong on Tuesday.
Forming outside a luxury hotel, a group of around 15 demonstrators chanted “No Bannon, no racism!” and stressed that “Nazis are not welcome here,” according to Reuters.
A protester also held a placard that depicted President Donald Trump as a chicken, bearing the words “Toxic nationalist.”
“Nazis are not welcome here!” Anti-racism activists in Hong Kong protest against the arrival of ex-Trump aide Steve Bannon pic.twitter.com/QoajpiyQx0
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The invite-only conference, organized by Hong Kong brokerage firm CLSA, sought Bannon’s presence for his influence in “policy, economies and markets,” according to a spokesperson.
In his speech on the subject of “American economic nationalism, the populist revolt and Asia,” Bannon reportedly explained why he “left” the White House and how a trade war between the U.S. and China can be avoided.
“I left the White house because Trump needed a wingman outside, helping candidates for the Senate,” an investor quoted him as saying according to CNN.
He also complimented Xi Jinping, despite the fact that he compared China to pre-Nazi Germany to The New York Times just last week, “Trump doesn’t respect anyone more than the President of China. There is a lot of affinity between China and the US.”
Bannon stated earlier this year that both nations are going into war:
“We’re going to war in the South China Sea in five to 10 years, aren’t we? There’s no doubt about that. They’re taking their sandbars and making basically stationary aircraft carriers and putting missiles on those. They come here to the United States in front of our face — and you understand how important face is — and say it’s an ancient territorial sea.”
Bannon was fired in August following a reshuffling of the President’s cabinet at the White House. He immediately returned to his position as executive chairman of far-right publication Breitbart News.