By Stephen G. Craft
On may well 23, 1957, US military Sergeant Robert Reynolds was once acquitted of murdering chinese language officer Liu Ziran in Taiwan. Reynolds didn't deny taking pictures Liu yet claimed self-defense and, like several individuals folks army suggestions and advisory teams, used to be safe less than diplomatic immunity. Reynolds's acquittal sparked a chain of riots throughout Taiwan that grew to become a world obstacle for the Eisenhower management and raised critical questions on the felony prestige folks army forces situated round the world.
In American Justice in Taiwan, writer Stephen G. Craft offers the 1st entire learn of the motives and effects of the Reynolds trial and the resultant protests. After greater than a century of what they perceived as unfair treaties imposed by means of Western international locations, the Taiwanese appeared the specified criminal prestige of resident American body of workers with severe mistrust. whereas Eisenhower and his advisers thought of Taiwan to be an essential best friend opposed to chinese language communism, the united states 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 big trouble of making use of the US's Uniform Code of army Justice (UCMJ) throughout cultures.
Employing meticulous learn from either Western and chinese language data, Craft demonstrates that the riots have been merely 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 in which to envision US--Taiwan relatives within the Nineteen Fifties, US coverage in Asia, and the awfully charged and intricate query of the criminal prestige people troops on overseas 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