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Film Review: ‘The Final War: The 100-Year Plot to Defeat America’

An in-depth exposé on the Chinese Communist Party's overt and covert designs
BY Ian Kane TIMEJanuary 25, 2023 PRINT

2022 | Not Rated | 2h 36m | Documentary

I find it interesting that the most recent round of feverish finger-pointing by both Democrats and Republicans at one another always seems to be centered on accusations of Russian collusion. Certainly, it’s rare to see the legacy media outlets reporting on perhaps America’s biggest existential threat—the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), which totally controls China, the most populous country in the world.

And one need only look within the environs of the United States these days. You don’t see sprawling networks of Russian community centers, Russian restaurants, movies, and so on. However, you do see plenty of examples of Chinese influence, much of which is directly controlled by the CCP.

Oddly, the U.S. government has been extremely lethargic to acknowledge this rapidly emerging threat, let alone take action against it. The government is just now beginning to look into the massively influential TikTok company, one of the most popular social media apps. It’s almost a case of “too little, too late,” since TikTok has already been in business for over half a decade.

TikTok is owned by the global technology company ByteDance, which is based in Beijing and has direct ties to the CCP. The app can gather a plethora of information on its many users worldwide, so one would think that the alarm bells would have gone off long ago. TikTok has already admitted that the CCP can access Americans’ personal information whenever it wants to.

‘The Final War’

The Final War Joshua Philipp
Epoch Times Senior Investigative Reporter Joshua Philipp narrates “The Final War: The 100-Year Plot to Defeat America.” (Epoch TV)

Thankfully, alternative news outlets aren’t afraid of delivering hard-hitting, inconvenient facts about the CCP, and the degree to which it poses a threat to not only the United States but also the rest of the free world. The Epoch Times is one of those rare voices.

With the help of many former U.S. policymakers, CCP insiders (including a former top CCP strategist), and a crack team of Epoch Times investigators who specialize in matters pertaining to China, The Epoch Times has produced an incredibly in-depth, thought-provoking documentary titled “The Final War: The 100-Year Plot to Defeat America.” It is narrated by Joshua Philipp, the senior investigative reporter at The Epoch Times and an expert on United States–China relations and the CCP.

This 2-hour and 36-minute film is neatly divided into chapters, each of which categorically delves into ways in which the CCP threatens freedom and democracy. Indeed, the CCP is antithetical to these cherished values.

For instance, in Part 1, “Post-Pandemic Crisis,” Casey Fleming, CEO of BlackOps Partners, points out that just as the world had an axis of evil during World War II, a more modern version of that alliance consists of China, Russia, Iran, and North Korea. These forces all trade military equipment, intelligence, combat strategies, and more with each other. They have put their differences aside and are united with the goal of defeating the free world, with the United States as the principal target.

China's surveillance state
China is a global leader in surveillance technology, from “The Final War: The 100-Year Plot to Defeat America.” (Epoch TV)

As Philipp goes on to explain, post-pandemic America is a much different country than it was before. Already weakened from runaway inflation and gas prices, a terrifying surge in crime rates, and a further deterioration of its moral fabric, the country has faced one geopolitical crisis after the next. Upon further investigation, it is revealed that much of the chaos and conflict has been manufactured by the CCP.

For example, the recent fall of Afghanistan to the Taliban has completely disappeared from coverage by any of the usual corporate news outlets, yet this event provides insight into one of the strategies being employed by the CCP. Soon after the Taliban took over the tumultuous South Central Asian country, the Chinese cozied up to the new rulers of Afghanistan, and soon it was broadcast internationally (via China’s extensive media channels) that the two regimes would be working together. But why exactly would the CCP want to align itself with terrorists?

An Overt Agenda

Ever since the formation of the CCP in 1949, the Chinese leadership has stealthily and steadily advanced its nefarious plot to destroy the United States of America. This agenda isn’t even a secret, so it’s puzzling that many of the media and governments of the free world don’t seem that concerned with these plans.

One only needs to look at any number of examples of this strategy in recent times, such as in a speech delivered by CCP bigwig Jin Canrong. Canrong, a professor of International Studies at Renmin University of China, is considered to have a great degree of influence over China’s current leader, Xi Jinping.

Jin Canrong, a professor of International Studies at Renmin University of China
Jin Canrong, a professor of International Studies at Renmin University of China, from “The Final War: The 100-Year Plot to Defeat America.” (Epoch TV)

Canrong attended the 2016 United States–China Strategic Philosophy Symposium, and his speech there revealed the CCP’s plans for the United States. It entailed luring America into numerous war zones around the world in order to distract and weaken it.

Canrong said that since America enjoys such a high degree of democracy, where many opinions are considered before moving against any enemies decisively, the country can lose focus when confronted with too many foes at the same time. Therefore, the CCP’s strategy involves getting America involved in conflict with several traditional enemy nations, as well as a terrorist organization simultaneously to overwhelm its capabilities.

The film also details what would happen if and when China decides to conquer Taiwan (an American ally) by force. It’s a nightmarish, yet realistic scenario. Military experts cite that the fall of Taiwan would signal the beginning of a Chinese war with the West, not the end, and they detail how China would take over various countries throughout the Pacific and, thus, exponentially expand its military power projection in a relatively short time.

Ironically, if that option wasn’t possible, China wouldn’t actually have to do that much territorial expansion. With its advances in hypersonic glide missile technology, which can carry and deliver nuclear payloads to the United States before the threat could even be detected, the world would suddenly become a much smaller and more dangerous place.

_Casey Fleming, CEO of BlackOps Partners
Casey Fleming, CEO of BlackOps Partners, discusses strategies to defeat the CCP in “The Final War: The 100-Year Plot to Defeat America.” (Epoch TV)

The film goes on to shed light on the origins of the CCP, its 100-year plan to become the world’s foremost superpower by 2049, the many traps it has laid out for the United States over the years, and the massive influence that the CCP has over the rest of the world in recent times.

Fortunately, unlike many other documentaries that merely point out problems, this one also provides ways in which everyone can resist and ultimately defeat the CCP, and therefore free the rest of China from its iron grip.

“The Final War: The 100-Year Plot to Defeat America” is a highly informative exposé on the Chinese Communist Party. The film sports slick, cutting-edge graphics that give the eyes a visual feast and lots of fantastic archival footage to examine. The facts it reveals will probably shock many viewers since so many of them have been ignored or purposefully covered up.

Suffice it to say that anyone who is the least bit interested in China’s immense influence on the rest of the world should definitely check out this revelatory and thought-provoking documentary.

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‘The Final War: The 100-Year Plot to Defeat America’
Director: Katherine Hu
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Running Time: 2 hours, 36 minutes
Release Date: Nov. 15, 2022
Rated: 4.5 stars out of 5

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Ian Kane is an U.S. Army veteran, author, filmmaker, and actor. He is dedicated to the development and production of innovative, thought-provoking, character-driven films and books of the highest quality.
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