The Coming War on China

The Coming War on China

DVD - 2018
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Using rare archival footage and remarkable interviews with witnesses, Pilger's film discloses America's secret history in the region, the destruction wrought by the equivalent of one Hiroshima attack every day for twelve years, and the top secret project that made guinea pigs of the population of the Marshall Islands.
Publisher: [Brooklyn, New York] : Icarus Films Home Video, [2018]
ISBN: 9781941545768
1941545769
Branch Call Number: 327.73051
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (113 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
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jimg2000
Aug 15, 2018

This is Bikini, the rim of an ancient underwater volcano in the Marshall Islands. With its necklace of 23 islands, Bikini is a place of beauty and silence and menace. Look closely where the Emerald Lagoon suddenly falls into a vast black hole. This is the crater of one of the greatest man made explosions, the hydrogen bomb they call Bravo. It vaporized an entire island and poisoned almost everything and everyone. As our plane flew low, we seemed to touch its deathly void. ... People here sustain themselves for thousands of years with abundant fish, breadfruit, and coconuts. They were skilled navigators who sailed by the stars. Westerners might call this paradise. All that changed in 1946 when the United States took over the Marshall Islands as a Trust Territory with an obligation to protect the health and well being of the people. A nightmare began. The islands were turned into a laboratory for the testing of nuclear weapons and the people into guinea pigs.

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jimg2000
Aug 15, 2018

As the world's economic power moves rapidly to Asia, the response of the Untied States is to deploy the majority of its naval forces to Asia and the Pacific. This massive military buildup is known in Washington as the "Pivot to Asia." The target is China. The great power game in the 21st century is called perpetual war. For America's unchallenged arms industry, the annual prize is huge profits from almost 600 billion dollars of military spending. ... And the smartest weapons need enemies.
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The winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, President Barack Obama, has committed to trillions of dollars to our nuclear arsenal. He's committing trillions of future dollars
to war in space and we need an enemy for all this money and China's the perfect enemy.
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In one sense, is the US already at war with China?
- Yes. On the ground and in the air.

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jimg2000
Aug 15, 2018

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.

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jimg2000
Aug 15, 2018

From California, almost 5000 miles away, the US Air Force tests it's intercontinental missiles by firing them at the Marshall Islands. ... Every missile fired on the Marshall Islands by the US military costs 100 million dollars each.
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They're being returned to Rongelap, an island 100 miles from Bikini by the US Navy. They were told repeatedly, it was safe to go home. ... They had no idea of the horror that lay ahead. They are being returned to an island described by a US atomic energy official "as by far the most contaminated place on earth." He added, "it will be interesting to get a measure "of human uptake when people live in a contaminated environment." The people of Rongelap remained on their poison island for 28 years as guinea pigs. The objects of regular, scientific examination.
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The secret of the Marshall Islands is Project 4.1. Declassified documents reveal a scientific program that began as a study of mice and became a study of human
beings exposed to radiation.

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jimg2000
Aug 15, 2018

The Chinese came to America to mine gold and build the railroads and Americans decided we didn't like the competition, so in 1882 we had the Chinese Exclusion Acts which kept the Chinese out of the United States for about 100 years. So you have the largest population in the world that can't come to the United States, so at just the point we're putting up the Statue of Liberty saying, we welcome everybody, we were erecting a wall saying, we welcome everybody except those Chinese. Fear of a rising China today is the latest chapter in a history of propaganda that presented the Chinese as uncouth and infantile. To western popular and political culture, the Chinese became the Yellow Peril. And racial stereotypes bore the constant theme of fear and threat. Boris Karloff as the evil Fu Manchu. His passion for power twisting his brilliant mind as he revels in the horrors of human sacrifice and torture. Behind the mask of Fu Manchu.

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jimg2000
Aug 15, 2018

Franklin Delano Roosevelt never made much money in his life. He had public service jobs that were very lowly paid, but he had yachts, he had summer homes,
he had mansions in New York City. The kids went to private schools. He inherited a fortune from Warren Delano, his father, who was the American opium king of China. If you scratch anyone with the name Forbes in their name, John Forbes Kerry, Secretary of State John Forbes Kerry--
-That's the present Secretary of State.
Yes sir. You'll find opium money. His great-grandfather was an opium dealer.
-How big was opium money?
Opium money built the first industrial city in the United States, Lowell, Massachusetts. It built the first five railroads in the United States. Opium money all over the east coast, but it wasn't talked about. It was called the China Trade.

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jimg2000
Aug 15, 2018

Five years before his great communist revolution in 1949, (i.e. 1945) Mao sent this secret message to Washington. "China must industrialize," wrote Mao, "this can only be done by free enterprise. Chinese and American interests fit together economically and politically. America need not fear that we will not be cooperative. We cannot risk crossing America. We cannot risk any conflict." Mao received no reply. ... Mao reaches out in 1950 to Harry Truman. He reaches out to Dwight Eisenhower. His hand was tossed away. This opportunity that might have changed history, prevented wars, saved countless lives, was lost because the
truth of Mao's overtures was denied in the Washington of the 1950's. State Department officials who had carried Mao's messages were condemned unjustly
as communist traitors.

Fact check:
https://www.nytimes.com/1972/09/21/archives/mao-asked-to-see-roosevelt-in-1945.html
Mao Tse‐tung and Chou En lai, the Chinese Communist leaders, offered to come to Washington...

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jimg2000
Aug 15, 2018

In 1979, this man, Deng Xaoping, became China's paramount leader. He said, "Socialism does not mean shared poverty." This was code for the most radical reform since Mao's revolution, the return of capitalism to China, but this time controlled by the communist party. "To be rich is glorious," Deng was reported as saying. America was now threatened by the emergence of a vast image of itself.
This is one of the many very exclusive gated communities in Shanghai where an apartment is one of the prizes of the new communism.
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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 the Western culture. I'm just pointing out the inherent nature, the DNA's of two different cultures. The Chinese 2000 years ago built the Great Wall to keep the barbarians
out, not to invade them.

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jimg2000
Aug 15, 2018

I make the joke: in America you can change political parties but you can't change the policies. In China you cannot change the party but you can change policies.
In 65 or 66 years, China has been run by one single party yet the political changes
that have taken place in China these past 66 years have been wider and broader and greater than probably any other major country in modern memory.
- So in that time, China ceased to be communist. Is that what you're saying?
Well, China is a market economy. It's a vibrant market economy but it is not a capitalist country.

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jimg2000
Aug 15, 2018

I think there's a fear about China. There's a fear of China's rapid rise, but it also has a lot to do with China's label as a communist state. China's objectives are modest compared with their weight. They're not trying to run the world. They're not even trying to run the Asian-Pacific. I think they want to keep America from dominating the Asian-Pacific. So they have what they believe is their rightful place
in the Asian-Pacific, because of all civilizations and all the history on their side,
so their objectives are really modest compared with their capacity.
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The new wealth in China, they often say this is the product of self-made entrepreneurial skill but is it not also the product of the exploitation of people at the bottom, what are known in China as migrants. But they're not really migrants, they're Chinese.

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mikeedm
Aug 18, 2018

I can only shake my head in disbelief at American sabre rattling foreign policy. It was really bad under Obama and it will only get worse under the current administration.

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jimg2000
Aug 15, 2018

Significant part of the film was on the author's visit to the poisoned grounds and remaining inhabitants on the Marshall Islands which became a laboratory for the testing of nuclear weapons and the people into guinea pigs between 1946 and1958 (see "Quotes".) The rest discussed the history of US-China relationships from the American trade of Opium in China in the 19th century, WW II, US role in China's civil war to recent spats for the control of South China Sea.

An interview with the writer/narrator John Pilger on his personal views on the wearisome and dangerous US-China relationship:

https://www.thomhartmann.com/blog/2016/12/transcript-john-pilger-coming-war-china-9-december-16

Thom Hartmann: Hello. I'm Thom Hartmann, in Washington DC. Welcome to the Big Picture.

If you watched any of Donald Trump's rallies this year, you might have heard him rant and rave against China. The way he put it - and continues to put it - China is America's mortal enemy, an adversary for the 21st century and beyond. Donald Trump, however, isn't the only person who appears to think this way.

The so-called "pivot to Asia" that President Obama made the centerpiece of his long-term foreign policy agenda was also ...

Pilger has a way of making you feel truly ashamed of being a Westerner. The documentary opens with an extended look at what the United States has done to the Marshallese, the native inhabitants of the group of Pacific islands that the U.S. acquired from the Japanese after World War Two. They have been used as human guinea pigs in the study of nuclear fallout. From there Pilger moves to Obama's "pivot to Asia." China is basically surrounded by U.S. bases bristling with missiles. Keep that in mind the next time you read or hear about "Chinese aggression" in constructing a number of artificial islands in the South China Sea. There are several excellent interviews, one with James Bradley, author of THE CHINESE MIRAGE, another with a young Chinese intellectual who provides a refreshing appraisal of global power from a Chinese perspective.

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