President Trump has confided with his team about pulling out of a longtime defense treaty between the U.S. and Japan. The president sees the treaty as “unfair U.S. security pacts.” Trump feels the agreement is a one-sided deal promising U.S. aid to Japan if they are ever attacked. If the U.S. is ever attacked, Japan does not have to come to America’s aid.
After World War II the countries became allies and signed the treaty over 60 years ago. The Treaty was signed in 1951 with the Treaty of San Francisco, and it officially ended World War II. The Treaty was revised in 1960 and gave the right for the United States to set up a military base to defend the island nation.
The Trump administration feels the president will not back out of the treaty, and he has not shown any signs he will as it was only private talks amongst his team and how he felt it was not a good deal. All of the members of his team who spoke of this private conversation requested to remain anonymous.
Allies have been alarmed at how he withdrew from trade deals, and they were wondering what brought this up. Who can really blame the president? It is no different than having a friend who you have to be loyal to, but they can leave you in your time of need. It is not fair at all.
Withdrawing from the pact would cause the postwar alliance to crumble, and the guarantee would be erased by disrupting the foundation of the economic rise in the area. After World War II Japan agreed to renounce and forfeit their right to start any wars, and Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told the Bloomberg News, “There is no talk at all of a review of the Japan-U.S. security alliance as has been reported in the media.”
Should the treaty be discarded, security would collapse from China to the West Pacific. Nuclear arms would come into the picture, and if Japan felt the need to protect themselves from a nuclear attack, they would question the U.S.’s commitment to the Philippines, Australia, Taiwan, South Korea, and all of their allies across the world.
President Trump will make a second trip to Japan in a few weeks as he will be headed to the Group of 20 Summit in Osaka, Japan. He will meet with Shinzo Abe, Japan’s Prime Minister. It was said they enjoy meeting and have a good relationship among the countries.
However, along with the other U.S. allies, there is a bit of tension when it comes to trading. President Trump is not afraid to throw the word “tariffs” around.
The question is yet to be answered if a president is allowed to withdraw from a ratified treaty without Congress’ approval. Back in 2002, former President George W. Bush backed out of the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty without the consent of Congress. If it is good for one President, then it should be good for another.
President Trump has had his eyes set on the U.S. defense pact with Japan, and many wonder how many more pacts there are he has his eyes set on. The White House staff declined to answer any questions Monday on this issue. President Trump has stated on several occasions in private talks the U.S. has Japan’s back, and he is fully aware of the treaty and what it means between the U.S. and Japan. He just wants the treaty to be more reciprocal.
When Trump went to Japan last month, he told Marines and Sailors in Yokosuka at a naval base, “The U.S.-Japan alliance has never been stronger. This remarkable port is the only one in the world where an American naval fleet and an allied naval fleet headquartered side by side, a testament to the ironclad partnership between U.S. and Japanese forces.”
Japan refrained from offensive attacks since WWII, but Abe wanted his country to defend itself and its allies. This is why President Trump admires Abe and was questioning the treaty as one-sided.
Japan will be purchasing F-35 fighter jets from America and will have aircraft carriers for the first time since World War II.
Jeff Carafano, who is the vice president of foreign and defense policy studies at the Heritage Foundation, stated, “There’s nothing that says we have to abide by treaties for all eternity. I just doubt we will revisit U.S. policy on the U.S.-Japan strategic alliance.”