By Stephen G. Craft
On could 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 participants folks army guidance and advisory teams, was once secure less than diplomatic immunity. Reynolds's acquittal sparked a chain of riots throughout Taiwan that turned a global problem for the Eisenhower management and raised severe questions about the felony prestige folks army forces situated round the world.
In American Justice in Taiwan, writer Stephen G. Craft offers the 1st entire research of the factors and outcomes of the Reynolds trial and the resultant protests. After greater than a century of what they perceived as unfair treaties imposed through Western international locations, the Taiwanese looked the designated 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 U.S. believed that the Taiwanese govt had instigated the unrest with a purpose to protest the decision and insist criminal jurisdiction over GIs. Regardless, the occasions that transpired in 1957 uncovered the large trouble of utilizing the US's Uniform Code of army Justice (UCMJ) throughout cultures.
Employing meticulous study from either Western and chinese language records, Craft demonstrates that the riots have been in simple 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 learn offers a brand new lens wherein to ascertain US--Taiwan relatives within the Nineteen Fifties, US coverage in Asia, and the highly charged and intricate query of the felony prestige folks 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