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.
The ANZAC Day (25 April) screening of this film will be a members-free night! Members should simply come down with their card for free entry. There'll be live music from 6pm, and Cafe Cinema after the film. Tonight's Cafe Cinema will be an opportunity to discuss issues raised in the film with special guests Chris Walsh (political reporter, NT News), Ashley Manicaros (business reporter, NT News), and Professor Wayne Cristaudo (International Relations lecturer, CDU) who will be exploring how these tensions relate to Darwin in lieu of recent events such as the 99-year lease of Darwin Port and the increased deployment of US troops.
John Pilger on The Coming War on China
When I first went to Hiroshima in 1967, the shadow on the steps was still there. It was an almost perfect impression of a human being at ease: legs splayed, back bent, one hand by her side as she sat waiting for a bank to open. At a quarter past eight on the morning of 6 August, 1945, she and her silhouette were burned into the granite. I stared at the shadow for an hour or more, unforgettably. When I returned many years later, it was gone: taken away, ‘disappeared’, a political embarrassment.
Another shadow now looms over all of us. This film, The Coming War on China, is a warning that nuclear war is not only imaginable, but a ‘contingency’, says the Pentagon. The greatest build-up of NATO military forces since the Second World War is under way on the western borders of Russia. On the other side of the world, the rise of China as the world’s second economic power is viewed in Washington as another ‘threat’ to American dominance.
To counter this, in 2011, President Obama announced a ‘pivot to Asia’, which meant that almost two-thirds of all US naval forces would be transferred to Asia and the Pacific, their weapons aimed at China.