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 every contributors folks army tips and advisory teams, used to be secure less than diplomatic immunity. Reynolds's acquittal sparked a sequence of riots throughout Taiwan that turned a global situation for the Eisenhower management and raised severe questions on the criminal prestige folks army forces situated round the world.
In American Justice in Taiwan, writer Stephen G. Craft presents the 1st accomplished research of the reasons and outcomes of the Reynolds trial and the consequent protests. After greater than a century of what they perceived as unfair treaties imposed via Western international locations, the Taiwanese seemed the exact criminal prestige of resident American group 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 U.S. believed that the Taiwanese executive had instigated the unrest which will protest the decision and insist criminal jurisdiction over GIs. Regardless, the occasions that transpired in 1957 uncovered the large hassle of utilizing 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 research offers a brand new lens during which to ascertain US--Taiwan family members within the Fifties, US coverage in Asia, and the particularly charged and intricate query of the criminal prestige people 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