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Rating: M – Mature themes and coarse language
Run Time: 110 minutes
Director: John Pilger
Coming War China
In John Pilger’s 60th film for ITV, The Coming War on China, sheds light on an issue missed by mainstream media.
Two nuclear armed nations, the US and the world’s second biggest economic power, China, are on the road to war.
I have spent two years making a documentary film, The Coming War on China, in which the evidence and witnesses warn that nuclear war is no longer a shadow, but a contingency. The greatest build-up of American-led military forces since the Second World War is well under way. They are in the northern hemisphere, on the western borders of Russia, and in Asia and the Pacific, confronting China.
The great danger this beckons is not news, or it is buried and distorted: a drumbeat of mainstream fake news that echoes the psychopathic fear embedded in public consciousness during much of the 20th century.
Like the renewal of post-Soviet Russia, the rise of China as an economic power is declared an “existential threat” to the divine right of the United States to rule and dominate human affairs.
To counter this, in 2011 President Obama announced a “pivot to Asia”, which meant that almost two-thirds of US naval forces would be transferred to Asia and the Pacific by 2020. Today, more than 400 American military bases encircle China with missiles, bombers, warships and, above all, nuclear weapons. From Australia north through the Pacific to Japan, Korea and across Eurasia to Afghanistan and India, the bases form, says one US strategist, “the perfect noose.”
The Coming War on China is John Pilger’s 60th film. Pilger reveals what the news doesn’t - that the world’s greatest military power, the United States, and the world’s second economic power, China, both nuclear-armed, may well be on the road to war. Pilger’s film is both a warning and an inspiring story of resistance.
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”It’s dramatic stuff. But is he perhaps over-emphasising the American risk and downplaying the significance of the Chinese build-up in order to make his point?’ Karl Quinn – The Sydney Morning Herald.
No, Pilger insists. “The point I make in the film is that one-sided news suppresses the degree of danger we face,” he says. “The fact that China itself is surrounded by US bases, with American ships, missiles and bombers on its doorstep, has been virtually ignored. Once you fill in the whole picture, the pattern is clear. With every American move in the region, China reacts.”
4 star movie rating “A gripping film … a strong corrective to our bland and complacent indifference” – Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
4 star movie rating”Essential viewing”. – Radio Times
“Pilger has revealed a war that is virtually growing in the shadows” – International Catholic News.
“Shocking, terrifying, disturbing” – Entertainment Focus
“The kind of stark warning we need” – Cinevue
A Film by Emmy and Bafta Award Winning Director John Pilger – AU | Documentary (exempt) | 113 mins | English