With all these defence guarantees, the only reasonable obligation of the United States is to “face the common danger, in accordance with its constitutional rules.” This probably means that the President of the United States will have to respond to the common danger by acting alone or by going to Congress to obtain authorization. But an armed response is not necessary. Therefore, the TRA`s request for the President and Congress to define an “appropriate response” to threats to Taiwanese security or U.S. interests is just a little weaker than what we see in other defense agreements in the region. In any event, the United States has no strict obligation to use armed force to defend the contractor. Taiwan and the United States held their first high-level meetings as part of a new economic dialogue in which a five-year agreement was reached and future cooperation in the areas of health, technology and security was agreed. Taiwan would therefore be wise not to feel excessively comfortable with its U.S. security guarantee. Legally, it is not a guarantee at all. However, THE TRA should also not be considered legally negligible with respect to U.S.

obligations. After all, other U.S. defence guarantees in the region are not much more robust than the TRA. On his face, the TRA seems to require only the United States to sell defense equipment so that Taiwan can maintain self-defense and that the president informs Congress of any threat to Taiwan`s security. If China launches a military attack, the president has only a legal obligation to “take appropriate measures in accordance with constitutional procedures.” This requirement is for executive legislative consultations and hardly seems to be an obligation, as Bernstein asserts, “to intervene when China launches an armed coup against Taiwan.” The continuing stalemate between North Korea and the United States has literally wiped out South Korea`s geopolitical concerns. South Korea therefore has no choice but to join the possible unnecessary war initiated by Pyongyang or Washington D.C. This hypothetical war will be nuclear and will certainly cost millions of Koreans their lives. South Korea has already established an economic interdependence with China. These economic tangles ultimately made security relations between the United States and South Korea even more complicated. Singapore and Australia, like South Korea, have significant benefits from their economic cooperation with China. Given that these countries enjoy the security of the Americans and they make money from China, one has to wonder how long these countries will be able to play this win-win game? We are not sure.

In fact, the language of the Japanese treaty that an “armed attack” would be dangerous to the “peace and security” of the United States is not much stronger than the TRA`s statement that non-peaceful means must determine Taiwan`s future – for example.B.