United States - Chinese Joint
December 1, 1954
Secretary of State John Foster
Dulles, at his news conference today, made the following announcement:
The United States of America and the Republic of China have
concluded negotiations for a mutual security pact. The treaty will follow the general
pattern of other security pacts which the United States of America has concluded in the
The treaty will recognize the common interest of the parties in the
security of Taiwan and the Pescadores and of the Western Pacific islands under the
jurisdiction of the United States. It will provide for inclusion by agreement of other
territories under the jurisdiction of the parties. It is directed against threats to the
security of the treaty area from armed attack and provides for continuing consultation
regarding any such threat or attack.
This treaty will forge another link in the system of collective
security established by the various collective defense treaties already concluded between
the United States and other countries in the Pacific area. Together, these arrangements
provide the essential framework for the defense by the free peoples of the Western Pacific
against Communist aggression.
Like the other treaties, this treaty between the United States and
the Republic of China will be defensive in character. It will reaffirm the dedication of
the parties to the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations .
The above joint United States-Chinese statement is being released
simultaneously at Taipei.