Friday, December 31, 2010
The 50th Anniversary Japanese-U.S. Security Treaty/Cold War Mentality-II
On 19 January 2010, it is the 50th birthday of Japanese-U.S. Security Treaty. The Japanese-American security treaty was created during the cold war as a deterrent against the USSR, which no longer exists. Both Japan and the U.S. announced a joint statement signed by foreign ministers (Okada and Clinton) and secretary of defenses (Kitazawa and Gates) between the two countries. “The Ministers stress that the United States and Japan will work to advance cooperative relations with China, welcoming it to play a constructive and responsible role in the international arena (Joint Statement 19 January 2010).” Certainly, the meaning of the security treaty has changed over time; China has been increasingly a crucial player in the international stage. Therefore, the treaty is less meaningful than during the cold war and plays a limited role in today’s politics.