By Stephen G. Craft
On may possibly 23, 1957, US military Sergeant Robert Reynolds used to be acquitted of murdering chinese language officer Liu Ziran in Taiwan. Reynolds didn't deny taking pictures Liu yet claimed self-defense and, like several participants people army tips and advisory teams, used to be secure lower than diplomatic immunity. Reynolds's acquittal sparked a chain of riots throughout Taiwan that turned a global hindrance for the Eisenhower management and raised severe questions on the criminal prestige people army forces situated round the world.
In American Justice in Taiwan, writer Stephen G. Craft offers the 1st finished examine of the explanations and outcomes of the Reynolds trial and the consequent protests. After greater than a century of what they perceived as unfair treaties imposed through Western international locations, the Taiwanese looked the precise felony prestige of resident American body of workers with severe mistrust. whereas Eisenhower and his advisers thought of Taiwan to be an important best friend opposed to chinese language communism, the united states believed that the Taiwanese govt had instigated the unrest as a way to protest the decision and insist felony jurisdiction over GIs. Regardless, the occasions that transpired in 1957 uncovered the large hassle of using the US's Uniform Code of army Justice (UCMJ) throughout cultures.
Employing meticulous examine from either Western and chinese language information, Craft demonstrates that the riots have been purely 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 learn offers a brand new lens wherein to envision US--Taiwan family within the Nineteen Fifties, US coverage in Asia, and the quite 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