Speaking about his new documentary 'The coming war on China', the famous filmmaker, John Pilger, gives an explanation on why the US insist to provoke China and Russia, increasing very dangerously the possibility of a nuclear conflict, which will bring us to the edge of the abyss.
Why is that, the news talks about the airstrips that China is building in the South China Sea, but anything to do with the US build-up, this so-called pivot to Asia, which most of the American public has never heard of, and yet represents the biggest build up of air and naval forces in the world since WWII, it wasn't an issue? It's not discussed? It's downplayed, and that includes the so-called 'respectable media', if you like.
The difference with the old Cold War is that there were red lines then. There were red lines that you only crossed at your extreme parallel and both sides knew where they were. These days there are no red lines. You have American-led NATO forces on the Western borders of Russia. That would have been unheard of during the old Cold War. You have a great armada of US navy ships heading for China. You have the greatest seagoing military exercise in recent memory, operation 'Talisman Saber', which rehearsed the blockade of China across the Straits of Malacca. That happened only last year. We don't know about this.
China has become the second biggest economic power in the world. It may well be the biggest economic power now. There's never been a rise like it. It's happened in a very very short time, and the US knows that its dominance across, for instance, trade deals, goodbye to all those US dominated trade arrangements and banking arrangements. The Chinese have set up a parallel banking system that challenges the whole Bretton Woods architecture of banking. China has become the developer, the builder, not only the workshop, leaving the US with one well-defined power that of its military.
China, until recently, according to the literature, kept its nuclear weapons on low alert. That means they separated the missiles and the warheads. They are now on high alert. Why? One strategist said that 'we're not your enemy', but if you want us to be your enemy, we have to prepare. That is certainly the reluctant view in the Chinese ruling circles.
The US should stop threatening the world and stop threatening nuclear powers. The US still operates a kind of 19th century foreign policy. It's a gunboat foreign policy. It's so out of date, but no one wants it because everybody knows where it could lead.
Africa is very interesting, where the Chinese have gone and instead of the old Western routine of saying 'countries can only develop on our terms', on World Bank terms, IMF, the Chinese have gone in and said 'let's have your raw materials and we'll build roads and bridges and ports for you.'
The US response has been entirely military. So, you have right through Africa, AFRICOM, which is the newest US military command, with headquarters now in Addis Ababa, has a military presence in almost all the major countries in Africa, in which military hardware is given to often unstable governments. That's a colonial, a 19th century imperial way of dealing. The Chinese on the other hand are expanding in business terms, not in military terms.
On the one hand, Russia and China, together with the rest of the BRICS, are trying to get rid of the dollar and form their own currency system to gain complete independence, on the other, the neocon banking-corporate puppets in the US are in panic and seek desperately a pretext to come to war with Russia and put an end to this threat for their plans. This explains their agony to drag Russia into a warm conflict.