By Stephen G. Craft
On might 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 below diplomatic immunity. Reynolds's acquittal sparked a chain of riots throughout Taiwan that grew to become a global main issue 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 finished examine 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 by way of Western international locations, the Taiwanese looked the designated 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 U.S. believed that the Taiwanese govt had instigated the unrest for you to protest the decision and insist criminal jurisdiction over GIs. Regardless, the occasions that transpired in 1957 uncovered the large trouble of employing the US's Uniform Code of army Justice (UCMJ) throughout cultures.
Employing meticulous learn from either Western and chinese language information, Craft demonstrates that the riots have been in basic 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 offers a brand new lens in which to envision US–Taiwan family members within the Fifties, US coverage in Asia, and the really charged and intricate query of the felony prestige folks troops on overseas soil.
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S. Information Service (USIS) in Taiwan. USIS directors posted there possessed Foreign Service and/or military backgrounds and always had a China connection. S. Marine Corps intelligence officer during World War II who served in China in 1946 and 1947 before becoming a lecturer at Princeton University and the National War College as a Chinese military expert. S. S. government, having the task of “selling the American way” of life in order to counter Soviet propaganda and promoting educational and cultural exchanges.
33 Besides disagreement over Taiwan’s political leadership and development, the two allies since 1950 differed on military strategy and the size of the ROC army. S. 7th Fleet would neutralize the Advice and Dissent 25 Taiwan Strait, he rejected Chiang’s proposal to launch air strikes against PRC airfields and to confine communist warships. 35 On occasion, they threatened to cut off aid if the Chinese did not comply with their demands for reform or retain certain Chinese officers in authority. One of the most contentious issues between the two allies in the 1950s pertained to the size of Chinese divisions.
Chase and McDonald got into heated arguments with ROC generals, including Sun Liren, over the scheme to the extent that the ROC demanded that McDonald be recalled. CINCPAC and the JCS agreed to a reserve pool, but turned down the plan for nine divisions because it meant more hardware for ROC soldiers. The Chinese, who had already created the nine divisions, refused to break them up. 58 Then, in early August, in the middle of the Geneva talks and the atmosphere of Sun’s detention, Smythe and Walker in almost blunt terms conveyed the JCS’s decision to reject the nine-division plan.