Film Overview: The Coming War on China
Running time: 1hr 53min
Rating: Exempt from Classification
In John Pilger’s 60th film for ITV, The Coming War on China shed lights 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.
Amid The Coming War on China providing a very timely warning, John Pilger also presents an inspiring story of resistance.
While the media has given some attention (and rightly so) to concerns about Russia, what is happening in the Pacific has been ignored. Simmering territorial disputes in the South China Sea are the tip of the iceberg, as the Obama administration has overseen the largest buildup of nuclear arsenal in history. Much of this increase has been directed to the “pivot to Asia”, providing a clear focus from the US on the region. It is clear, that the US is ready to aggressively counter any Chinese aspiration to convert commercial prosperity into regional power.
Pilger provides historical context to what these moves represent, filling in the gaps to the strategic moves being made. Added to this, the recent moves of Donald Trump, encouraging America to consider China the enemy, it seems the buildup to war has no signs of abating any time soon. Overall, Pilger’s film, The Coming War on China, provides a corrective view to the indifference and complacency that has plagued the new war-game scenario building in the Pacific.
Published Articles & Reviews
” 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?
No, he 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.”
“Since Donald Trump won the US Presidential election there’s been a whole smorgasbord of geopolitical anxieties to keep you awake at night…. But if you do manage to drop off to sleep, finally forgetful of the terror of the near future, the subject of veteran documentary filmmaker John Pilger’s latest film will have you bathed in a cold sweat and bolt upright in no time” – CINEVUE
“A film that has the power to change hearts and minds is always worthy of recognition and John Pilger’s 60th anniversary piece, The Coming War on China, certainly knows no bounds.” – Chloe Sizer – The UpComing, UK
“John Pilger’s 60th film, is a wake-up call… Stopping this nightmare scenario means recognising it. Pilger’s film shows humanity at the edge of a precipice. But it also shows us that we can step back from the brink.” – Ben Chacko – Morning Star, UK
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