The US Department of Justice on Tuesday filed a lawsuit against US casino magnate Steve Wynn to force him to declare himself as an "agent" of China in the United States.
Wynn was defending Chinese interests when he met in 2017 with Donald Trump and other administration officials to convince them to revoke the visa granted to Guo Wengui, a Chinese businessman in exile, according to US justice. and accused by Beijing of financial fraud.
Steve Wynn led "these efforts at the request of Sun Lijun, who was then minister of the MPS", the Chinese Ministry of Public Security, indicates the American justice.
At the time, Steve Wynn's company owned three casinos in Macao, a semi-autonomous region of China. According to a court document, the American tycoon relayed Mr Sun's request to "protect his business interests in Macau".
Asked to react, a spokesman for Chinese diplomacy, Wang Wenbin, castigated the United States on Wednesday for “deliberately exaggerating the theory of the Chinese threat”.
The United States must "let go of its Cold War mentality [...] and stop defaming China," the diplomat told reporters.
Steve Wynn, who was recommended to register as a lobbyist for China due to a law requiring it, declined, the complaint adds.
Accused of sexual assault on several employees of his Wynn Resorts group, the American tycoon had left his post as CEO in 2018 and resigned from his position as head of finance for the Republican Party.