Journal of Northeast Asian Studies

, Volume 15, Issue 2, pp 98–118 | Cite as

Communist China’s entry into the Korean hostilities and a U.S. proposal for a collective security arrangement in the Pacific offshore island chain

  • Hiroyuki Umetsu


In late 1950, against the background of communist China’s full entry into the Korean War, the U.S. government put forward a Pacific Ocean Pact, which would comprise the United States, Japan, the Philippines, if possible Indonesia, Australia, and New Zealand. This article, after tracing China’s intervention in the Korean War, discusses U.S. policy planning on the proposal for a Pacific Pact, and examines the precise objectives of the proposal. It is argued that the American proposal for a Pacific offshore island chain pact was basically intended to enhance U.S. security interests in Northeast Asia, particularly Japan. The Pacific Pact proposal therefore contained a scheme for committing formally substantial U.S. armed forces to the defense of the Pacific Ocean; the revitalization of Japanese power; and the welding of the resources of strength of Australia, New Zealand, and the Philippines to the defense of Japan.


Pacific Ocean Northeast ASIAN Study Peace Treaty Armed Attack Bonin Island 
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© Springer-Verlag 1996

Authors and Affiliations

  • Hiroyuki Umetsu
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  1. 1.the Department of Government, Faculty of ArtsSydney UniversityAustralia

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