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By Stephen G. Craft

On might 23, 1957, US military Sergeant Robert Reynolds was once acquitted of murdering chinese language officer Liu Ziran in Taiwan. Reynolds didn't deny capturing Liu yet claimed self-defense and, like any participants folks army assistance 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 located round the world.

In American Justice in Taiwan, writer Stephen G. Craft presents the 1st complete learn of the factors and outcomes of the Reynolds trial and the consequent protests. After greater than a century of what they perceived as unfair treaties imposed by way of Western international locations, the Taiwanese appeared the distinctive criminal prestige of resident American team 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 USA believed that the Taiwanese executive had instigated the unrest so as to protest the decision and insist felony jurisdiction over GIs. Regardless, the occasions that transpired in 1957 uncovered the large trouble 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 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 examine presents a brand new lens by which to check US--Taiwan family members within the Nineteen Fifties, US coverage in Asia, and the awfully charged and complicated query of the criminal prestige folks troops on overseas soil.

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