CGTN.com, the official website for China’s Global Television Network, published a propaganda piece on Monday bashing former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon.
The article’s author appears to have faked the credentials of “Security Analyst” at the London School of Economics.
Bannon has berated and exposed the Chinese Communist Party for their egregious human rights record, exploitative trade practices, and – most recently – their efforts to conceal the novel coronavirus from the world.
“I think the world’s going to hold them in judgment, and that judgment is not going to be very pretty. They owe trillions, if not tens of trillions of dollars,” Bannon said on CNBC’s Squawk Box.
In a piece for CGTN, Hannan Hussain – who claimed to be a security analyst at the London School of Economics’ South Asia Centre – wrote:
“Contrary to Bannon’s claims, there are no trillions up for grabs, because Washington’s reckless handling of the pandemic – from suppression of information to a coordinated political campaign against China – has eclipsed the credibility of the serving administration.”
The London School of Economics told The National Pulse in a statement post-publication of the original story:
Mr Hussain is not a ‘Security Analyst’ with LSE South Asia Centre nor does he hold any other position at LSE. The position of ‘Security Analyst’ does not even exist at our Centre.
Hussain’s propaganda piece for the Chinese Communist Party’s state-sanctioned news outlet predictably labels Steve Bannon a xenophobe, racist, etc. The piece also notes that some American academics, whom Hussain calls “lifelong threats to the likes of Bannon,” have disparaged Bannon’s reparations argument.
As much as he hopes, Hussain is not unique.
For decades, bureaucrats in Washington, Wall Street corporatists, and intellectual elites at institutional universities like Harvard have kowtowed to China’s brutal communist regime.
Hussain appears to have published two blogs with the LSE in the past, but does not hold a position in the university.
Even another of Hussain’s publishers – The Diplomat magazine – has listed China Central Television (CCTV) as “long standing weapon in Beijing’s arsenal of repression”.
— Raheem J. Kassam (@RaheemKassam) May 4, 2020
When asked to comment on his work for the Chinese Communist Party, Hussein blocked National Pulse editor Raheem Kassam.
Preliminary US investigations indicate that, after learning of the possible pandemic, the Chinese government hid the information from the Chinese people for six days and allowed the city of Wuhan to host a mass banquet as millions began traveling for Lunar New Year celebrations. President Xi Jinping did not warn the Chinese people of the outbreak until the seventh day, January 20th. By this time, more than 3,000 people had already been infected.
A leaked dossier from the “Five Eyes” intelligence alliance – including the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand – obtained exclusively by Australia’s Daily Telegraph newspaper finds that the Chinese Communist Party intentionally hid or destroyed evidence pertaining to the novel coronavirus pandemic.
The report also highlights China’s suppression of evidence regarding the outbreak – including, but not limited to, bleaching wet market stalls, censoring evidence of asymptomatic carriers, and refusing to accommodate sample requests from other countries. Senior US intelligence officials told Fox News that the reports of the dossier are consistent with United States investigations into the origins of the outbreak.
“I’ve been heartened to see Australia, other countries joining us, demanding an investigation, because while we know this started in Wuhan, China, we don’t yet know from where it started,” United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said. “And in spite of our best efforts to get experts on the ground, they continue to try and hide and obfuscate.”
Last Thursday, April 30th, President Trump also confirmed that he had personally seen intelligence linking the Wuhan Institute of Virology to the origin of the virus. When asked to elaborate, President Trump said: “I can’t tell you that, I’m not allowed to tell you that.”
The Chinese Communist Party’s refusal to include outside actors in their investigations into the origins and spread of the novel coronavirus prove China-hawks like Steve Bannon are right to refer to the global pandemic as China’s “biological Chernobyl.”
The 1986 Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant disaster and USSR’s subsequent cover-up resulted in the endangerment of European populations and ultimately devastating loss of life.
China’s botched response to the novel coronavirus pandemic seems to evidence Mark Twain’s famous maxim: “History doesn’t repeat itself, but it often rhymes.”
Especially when it comes to communist regimes.
This much we know: CCP running dogs like Hussain are on the wrong side of history.
This article has been updated to reflect the statement by the London School of Economics asserting Mr Hussain holds no position there.