The Coming War on China

Synopsis: The Coming War on China is John Pilger's 60th film for ITV. Pilger reveals what the news doesn't - that the United States and the world's second economic power, China (both nuclear armed) are on the road to war. Pilger's film is a warning and an inspiring story of resistance.
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A resistance known as the Boxer Rebellion

was put down with a savagery.

This rape of China set the tone

for how China was perceived in the West

well into the 20th century.

This is the distinguished historian

Theodore H. White, an

advisor to the White House,

speaking in the 1960's.

- Perhaps China is too vast

to be governed by mercy.

Yet if Chinese mind craves order,

they must be brought to recognize

they are the biggest factor

in the world's disorder.

And we must untangle the

madness of their mind.

The most difficult task in the world

is to reach the minds of men who hate you.

- [John Narrating] What White

was really complaining about

was the loss of a China that

the imperial West could dominate

and the defeat of General Chiang Kai-Shek,

who with his famously

powerful Christian wife,

Mei-ling Soong, guarded

America's interests in China.

That is, until they

were thrown out in 1949

by a communist revolution

led by Mao Zedong.

- Mao had beaten Chiang

Kai-Shek three times

in huge battles involving

millions of combatants.

Mao was a winner in this contest from

the early 1930's on, but we

knew very little about it

and people don't

understand that even today.

- [Announcer] Shanghai

hears the message clearly

as foreign businessmen

board up their shops.

Go now, go quickly, for communism marches.

Take what you can, but flee.

In pell-mell haste, the Western powers

evacuate the city they have built,

for good and bad alike must leave.

The businessmen come for profit

as well as missionaries come to heal

must say goodbye as out the Yancy

steams the last of Western influence

and farewell to a century.


- [John Narrating] Even today,

it's difficult to understand

the paranoia ignited by Mao's revolution.

- As we look at China on the map,

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John Pilger

John Richard Pilger (; born 9 October 1939) is an Australian journalist and BAFTA award-winning documentary film maker. He has been mainly based in the United Kingdom since 1962.Pilger is a strong critic of American, Australian and British foreign policy, which he considers to be driven by an imperialist agenda. Pilger has also criticised his native country's treatment of Indigenous Australians. He first drew international acclaim for his groundbreaking reports on the Cambodian genocide.His career as a documentary film maker began with The Quiet Mutiny (1970), made during one of his visits to Vietnam, and has continued with over fifty documentaries since then. Other works in this form include Year Zero (1979), about the aftermath of the communist regime in Cambodia, and Death of a Nation: The Timor Conspiracy (1993). Pilger's many documentary films on indigenous Australians include The Secret Country (1985) and Utopia (2013). In the British print media, Pilger worked at the Daily Mirror from 1963 to 1986, and wrote a regular column for the New Statesman magazine from 1991 to 2014. Pilger has won Britain's Journalist of the Year Award in 1967 and 1979. His documentaries have gained awards in Britain and worldwide, including multiple BAFTA honors. The practices of the mainstream media are a regular subject in Pilger's writing. more…

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