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The Coming War on China (2016)

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) ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Franklin Blaisdell Franklin Blaisdell ... Himself - Space Ops & Integration Director (archive footage) (as General Franklin Blaisdell)
James Bradley ... Himself - Author: The China Mirage
Bruce Cumings Bruce Cumings ... Himself - Historian as Professor Bruce Cumings
Dana Rohrabacher Dana Rohrabacher ... Himself - Committee on Foreign Affairs (as Congressman Dana Rohrabacher)
Eric Li Eric Li ... Himself - Entrepreneur & Social Scientist
Barack Obama ... Himself - US President (archive footage)
Rinok Riklon Rinok Riklon ... Herself - Marshall Islander
Nerje Joseph Nerje Joseph ... Herself - Marshall Islander
Betty Edmond Betty Edmond ... Herself - Marshall Islander
Lemoyo Abon Lemoyo Abon ... Herself - Marshall Islander
Giff Johnson Giff Johnson ... Himself - Editor: Marshall Islands Journal
Gene Curbow Gene Curbow ... Himself - US Nuclear Test Weatherman
Thomas H. Armbruster Thomas H. Armbruster ... Himself - US Ambassador to Marshall Islands
Tony de Brum Tony de Brum ... Himself - Foreign Minister of the Mrshall Islands (archive footage)
Darlene Keju Darlene Keju ... Herself - World Council of Churches, Vancouver 1983 (archive footage)


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. Written by jacquiedwards

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Deceptive Title and Highly Manipulative
10 February 2017 | by roger-55872See all my reviews

The title of this piece is deliberately deceptive.

There is nothing in this piece of work which leads one to believe there will be war on china. The title also alludes to the extremely biased design, content and manipulative nature of the narration. The War ON China, not with. China is an innocent baby in this doco and the big bad, salivating wolf is the good ol' US of A. I would say 80% of it is interviews with people that were inadvertently hurt by the US 50-80 years ago or about 'ancient' US history, blended with interviews with protesters against the US.

The narration drips with a morally condescending tone and feels self indulgent, a pat on their own back - throughout. The only good thing about this doco was that it a gave a sense of the domination mindset of strategic military planning, which was interesting and it ties into the historical content yet these intellectual aspects of it were 20% of the content.

The rest of the doco is like watching an hour of commercials for starving children with the narration smugly 'using' the viewers empathy for individuals to muster up anger towards the United States. That is the objective of this doco - it is not meant to inform about any actual war on China.

Ironically, it uses fear of war to sell itself - which is precisely what the doco attacks America for doing - throughout history with naval bases (using fear of war to achieve its aims). I feel a sense of disgust toward this doco but there is 20% that is worthwhile).

If you are cynical about the United States and want to poor the fertiliser of confirmation bias on your mind, this doco could be for you...which is why its promoted on RT I suppose.

There are better docos about military strategy and army bases if you're interested in that 20% of it.

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