of course, there's nothing new here
You get everything right, I think. The U.S. protects Taiwan. I personally don't see any reasons why they should not be independent. There have been provokative moves by China in the past and the U.S. made appropriately demonstrative defensive moves in the area. Which is very fine with me. Fuck China for all I care. Lao Tzu is fine, but that's as far as I wanna go here.