By Stephen G. Craft
On might 23, 1957, US military Sergeant Robert Reynolds used to be acquitted of murdering chinese language officer Liu Ziran in Taiwan. Reynolds didn't deny capturing Liu yet claimed self-defense and, like every individuals folks army assistance and advisory teams, was once safe below diplomatic immunity. Reynolds's acquittal sparked a chain of riots throughout Taiwan that turned a global drawback for the Eisenhower management and raised severe questions about the criminal prestige folks army forces located round the world.
In American Justice in Taiwan, writer Stephen G. Craft offers the 1st complete research of the reasons and effects of the Reynolds trial and the resultant protests. After greater than a century of what they perceived as unfair treaties imposed by way of Western international locations, the Taiwanese appeared the specific felony prestige of resident American body of workers with severe mistrust. whereas Eisenhower and his advisers thought of Taiwan to be a necessary best friend opposed to chinese language communism, the U.S. believed that the Taiwanese executive had instigated the unrest to be able to protest the decision and insist felony jurisdiction over GIs. Regardless, the occasions that transpired in 1957 uncovered the large trouble of employing the US's Uniform Code of army Justice (UCMJ) throughout cultures.
Employing meticulous examine from either Western and chinese language data, Craft demonstrates that the riots have been in basic terms anti-American in that the Taiwanese rejected the UCMJ, the affording of diplomatic immunity to occupying US forces, and the army courts' interpretation of self-defense. His compelling research offers a brand new lens during which to ascertain US--Taiwan relatives within the Nineteen Fifties, US coverage in Asia, and the highly charged and complicated query of the criminal prestige folks troops on international soil.
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American Justice in Taiwan: The 1957 Riots and Cold War Foreign Policy (Studies in Conflict, Diplomacy, and Peace) by Stephen G. Craft