John Ross, former Mayor of London Ken Livingstone’s self-admitted “closest political adviser” and “best friend,” has adopted the Chinese name “Luo Siyi” and frequently contributes to Chinese Communist Party-run media to denigrate the U.S. and U.K. while exalting the regime, declaring he “hopes to be able to witness China break the pattern of American domination.”
London’s millennium-era Director of Economic and Business Policy is the latest Western-based politico requisitioned by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) as a propagandist.
Ross – who has also contributed to Britain’s left-wing Guardian newspaper – has penned a whopping 200+ articles for Chinese media and collaborated on numerous television interviews with China Global Television Network (CGTN), a registered foreign agent in the U.S.
The former advisor – who fashions himself as Livingstone effective Deputy Mayor – routinely peddles conspiracy narratives, suggesting the U.S. and U.K. “coordinated” the pro-democracy Hong Kong protests, and even going so far as to claim the CCP is responsible for “the world’s greatest contribution to human rights.”
But Ross’s connections to the CCP run deeper than political commentary.
A ‘PROFESSOR’ OF PROPAGANDA.
Formerly a “visiting professor” at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, “directly under the administration” of the regime, Ross is now a “Senior Fellow” alongside many former high-level CCP officials at Renmin University of China’s (RUC) Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies, an institution also funded entirely by the regime.
RUC frequently peddles anti-America content with lectures such as “the end of America’s innovation” and hosts a Masters program tailored for the advancement of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), part of the CCP’s quest for global dominance by making countries subservient through infrastructure investment laden with debt-trap diplomacy.
Ross is unsurprisingly an advocate of BRI, casting its expansion into Europe as “win” and likening criticism to “propaganda attacks.”
Recounting his “unequaled contribution to human well-being,” Ross describes how a portrait of Xiaoping almost moved him to tears:
“You may even hear my voice slightly waiver because the first time I went to Shanghai, and I saw the great big portrait of Deng Xiaoping in the Municipal Hall I was so moved because I knew he’s been there because I knew what not merely what a great theorist leader of China he was, but what an enormous contribution he made to human well-being.”
And the advisor to Livingstone – who was known during his time as mayor as “Red Ken” – even wrote Amazon China’s “number one best-selling book on economic policy,”
A Big Game? Analysis of China’s New Destiny, featuring chapters including “Chinese dream, not a dream” and “when the United States “leads” the world.”
A PANDEMIC PROPAGANDIST.
Ross has parroted the demonstrably false CCP pandemic narrative, claimed: “China was the one country in the world which had no advance knowledge, it forewarned the entire world and was the most successful country in getting the virus under control.”
Ross has argued in Chinese state media outlets the world should “learns lessons from China’s successful handling of this crisis,” branded President Trump’s coronavirus response as “costing many lives,” and suggested “anti-China propaganda brings catastrophe to the West.” In reality, China spawned the virus, silenced doctors who raised concern about its spread, and compelled the World Health Organization to delay notifying other countries of its human-to-human transmission and pandemic potential.
He’s a staunch defender of the global supply chain, insisting it will “hold firm” despite coronavirus, alleging “the US can’t produce for fundamental economic reasons, the types of products which it gets from China.”
Ian Bremmer has no substantial evidence China covered up but ample evidence Trump messed up. But would puncture US myths if truth admitted – China far better fighting #coronavirus than US. Therefore regrettably Ian Bremmer abandons ‘science’ part in being a political scientist
— John Ross (@JohnRoss43) April 19, 2020
He’s taken this unfounded message to Russian state media, appearing on RT to discuss “what other countries should learn from China.”
A PERSONAL BLOGGING PROPAGANDIST.
On his personal website, Learning From China, he’s published articles including “why China has made the world’s greatest contribution to increasing human rights,” later circulated on Chinese state media.
He’s even classified “China’s human rights record is better than the U.S.”.
In reality, China’s human rights record is abysmal: working conditions are comparable to slavery, religious and political minorities are routinely repressed, and foundational freedoms for democracy such as freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and the rule of law are nonexistent.
Ross has even lauded China for making “great progress is the environment,” and “leading” the world in that respect, despite the country consistently accounting for the world’s largest share of greenhouse gas emissions and disproportionately polluting air and water.
Running dogs like Ross are essential in the CCP’s quest for global dominance, covering up the regime’s missteps and mistakes while pushing their disinformation and lies to the detriment of not only the US but the world write large.