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Canada takes centre stage in Bannon film based on Huawei exec Meng's detention

Canada plays a starring role in a soon-to-be-released film aimed at exposing China's bid for world domination through technology.

Bannon says film aims to expose ties between Huawei and Chinese government

Former White House adviser Steve Bannon has produced a film called "Claws of the Red Dragon" that was inspired by Canada's arrest of Chinese telecom executive Meng Wanzhou. (Jonathan Bachman/Reuters)

Canada plays a starring role in a soon-to-be-released film aimed at exposing China's bid for world domination through technology that was produced by one-time Trump strategist Steve Bannon.

The film, "Claws of the Red Dragon," is fiction, but is "inspired by" Canada's arrest of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhouand China's subsequent retaliatory measures, including the detention of two Canadians for alleged espionage and death sentences meted out to two other Canadians convicted of drug crimes.

Bannon has said the movie is aimed at exposing ties between Huawei, which he describes as the "greatest national security threat" to the United States, and China's communist government, which he maintains is "the greatest existential threat the West has ever faced."

He's also been clear that his objective is to stiffen U-S President Donald Trump's resolve to shut Huawei out of development of next generation wireless networks over fears the telecommunications giant is controlled by the Chinese government.

He suggests its equipment could be used to spy on or sabotage other countries.

The film is to be released next month by New Tang Dynasty Television, part of the Epoch Media Group that is closely associated with the Falun Gong spiritual movement and includes the pro-Trump and vehemently anti-Beijing newspaper, The Epoch Times.

The 54-minute movie features a Canadian cast, including Eric Peterson of "Street Legal" and "Corner Gas" fame.


CBC Vancouver's podcast about Meng Wanzhou — Sanctioned: The Arrest of a Telecom Giant — will return in September for two new episodes. ITunes Canada has included the podcast in its list of 2019's "10 Best So Far".

The two latest episodes will cover the time from Meng's release on bail until the beginning of her next set of court proceedings in September.

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