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H.J.Res. 159 (84th): Joint resolution authorizing the President to employ the Armed Forces of the United States for protecting the security of Formosa, the Pescadores and related positions and territories of that area


The text of the resolution below is as of Jan 29, 1955 (Passed Congress).


69   STAT.]        PUBLIC LAW 5 - F E B . 7, 1955

Public Law 4                                                  CHAPTER 4
                           JOINT RESOLUTION                                      January 29,1955
Authorizing the President to employ the Armed Forces of the United States for    [H. J. Res. 159]
 protecting the security of Formosa, the Pescadores and related positions and
 territories of that area.

Whereas tlie primary purpose of the United States, in its relations
   with all other nations, is to develop and sustain a just and enduring
   peace for all; and
Whereas certain territories in the West Pacific under the jurisdiction
   of the Republic of China are now^ under armed attack, and threats
   and declarations have been and are being made by the Chinese Com-
   munists that such armed attack is in aid of and in preparation for
   armed attack on Formosa and the Pescadores,
Whereas such armed attack if continued would gravely endanger the
   peace and security of the West Pacific Area and particularly of
   Formosa and the Pescadores; and
Whereas the secure possession by friendly governments of the Western
   Pacific Island chain, of which Formosa is a part, is essential to
   the vital interests of the TJnited States and all friendly nations
   in or bordering upon the Pacific Ocean; and
"V\niereas tlie President of the United States on January 6, 1955, sub-
   mitted to the Senate for its advice and con-^ent to ratification a
   Mutual Defense Treaty between the United States of America and
   the Republic of China, which recognizes that an armed attack in
   the West Pacific area directed against territories, therein described,
   in the region of Formosa and the Pescadores, would be dangerous
   to the peace and safety of the parties to the treaty: Therefore be it
   Resol'ved hy the Senate and Iloune of Representatives of the United
States of America in Congress asuemhled^ That the President of the               Formosa       and
                                                                                Pescadores.
United States be and he hereby is authorized to employ the Armed                 Defense.
Forces of the Ignited States as he deems necessary for the specific
purpose of securing and protecting Formosa and the Pescadores
against armed attack, this authority to include the securing and pro-
tection of such related positions and territories of that area now in
friendly hands and the taking of such other measures as he judges to
be required or appropriate in assuring the defense of Formosa and
the Pescadores.
   This resolution shall expire w^hen the President shall determine              Expiration.
                                                                                 Report.
that the peace and security of the area is reasonably assured by inter-
national conditions created by action of the Ignited Nations or other-
wise, and shall so report to the Congress.
  Approved January 29, 1955, 8:42 a.m.


Public Law 5                                                  CHAPTER 5
                                  AN ACT
                                                                                 February 7, 1955
To amend the Act of July 10, 1953, which created the Commission on Inter-          [H. R. 20 lO]
                         governmental Relations.
   Be it enacted hy the Senate and House of Representatives of the
United States of America in Congress assemoled, That subsection (c)
of section 3 of the Act of July 10,1953, entitled "An Act to establish           67 Stat. -146.
                                                                                 5 u s e 138a- 138j.
a Commission on Intergovernmental Relations", is hereby amended
to read as follows:
   "(c) The Commission, not later than J u n e 30, 1955, shall submit            Final report, etc.
to the President for transmittal to the Congress its final report, includ-
ing recommendations for legislative action; and the Commission may