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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Oh say, can you see

By the dawn's early light,

What so proudly we hailed

At the twilight's last gleaming

Whose broad stripes and bright stars,

Through the perilous fight

Over the ramparts we watched,

Were so gallantly streaming.

And the rockets red glare,

The bombs bursting in air,

Gave proof through the night

That our flag was still there.

Oh, say, does--

- I pity a country that

would come up against us.

The synergy with air, land, and sea forces

and our ability to

control the battle space

and seize the high ground is devastating.

All countries respect the

power of the United States

and they respect how dominant

we are in this region.

And we get better and better and better.

(drums pounding)

- Tonight to ten,

a rare glimpse of China's

ambitious expansion

in one of the world's

most contested regions.

We report from the South China Sea,

where the Chinese are warning off anyone

who comes too close to

their building program.

- We continue our look this morning

at what China does not want you to see.

The United States says the superpower

is reclaiming land in the South China Sea.

- The fact that we're dealing

with a situation right now

where we, the US, has to

be much more aggressive

in dealing with the Chinese government.

- CNN has learned that the US Navy

is about to send a destroyer there.

Let's go to our CNN chief--

- [Announcer] CNN got

exclusive access to classified

US surveillance flights over the islands.

- [John Narrating] The threat

of China is becoming big news.

The media is beating the drums of war

as the world is being

primed to regard China

as a new enemy.

- [Announcer] China's alarming creation of

entirely new territory

in the South China Sea

is one part of a broader military push

that some fear is to challenge

US dominance in the region.

- [John Narrating] China

is building airstrips

in the South China Sea on disputed islands

condemned by an international tribunal.

This is now a flashpoint for war

between China and America.

What is not news is that

China itself is under threat.

These American bases form a giant noose,

encircling China with

missiles, bombers, warships.

All the way from Australia

through the Pacific,

to Asia, and beyond.

- If you were in Beijing looking out,

you stood on the tallest

building in Beijing

and looked out at the Pacific Ocean,

you'd see American warships.

You'd see Guam is about to sink

because there's so many

missiles pointed at China.

You'd look up at Korea and see

American armaments pointing at China.

You'd see Japan, which is basically,

Japan's a glove over the American fist.

I think if I was Chinese, I'd

have a little to worry about

about American aggressiveness.

- And we have China surrounded

and we're doing more

all the time to try and

keep it surrounded and deepen

that containment of China.

But China presents a fascinating case

of a country that is independent,

doesn't have foreign

bases on its territory,

growing very rapidly,

not as rapidly now as it did for 30 years,

but still the second-ranking

economy in the world.

- We have an adversary

and that adversary is

China and that adversary,

unless there is dramatic

reform inside China,

will be our enemy someday.

- One myth I think really

needs to be dispelled

is that somehow China's

aiming to replace America

and gonna run the world. (laughs)

First of all, the Chinese

are not that stupid.

The West, with its Christian roots,

are about converting other

people into their beliefs.

The Chinese are not about that.

Again, I'm not degrading

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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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