Posted by: coastcontact | November 27, 2013

US Mutual Defense Treaties

From the Los Angeles Times (abridged)

U.S. bombers defy China restrictions

Two fly through a newly declared (Chinese) air defense zone.

Defense Secre­tary Chuck Hagel reaffirmed the United States’ commitment to the mutual defense treaty with Japan and said the U.S. considered the Senkaku is­lands to fall under that treaty.

Are we to believe that the United States would go to war if the unpopulated Senkaku Is­lands (China calls them the Diaoyu Islands) are attacked?  Would we fight to defend Japan proper if it were attacked over a dispute for control of the unpopulated islands?

An even more important question is will the United States honor the list of mutual defense treaties that have been negotiated, signed, and approved by the United States Senate?  The list is long.



  • At present, NATO has 28 members. In 1949, there were 12 founding members of the Alliance: Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Iceland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, the United Kingdom and the United States. The other member countries are: Greece and Turkey (1952), Germany (1955), Spain (1982), the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland (1999), Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia (2004), and Albania and Croatia (2009).


ANZUS military alliance

  • Australia
  • New Zealand

South Korea


So let’s imagine that China decides to take control of Taiwan by force.  Is the United   States prepared to face war with China to defend the freedom of Taiwan?  China seems to be taking an evermore controlling position in the East China Sea and the South China Sea.

Is the United States prepared to confront China?  Apparently the USA did defend its rights this time with a flyover.   If the situation becomes more heated will congress honor America’s commitments?



  1. That is a very good question

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