What the Taiwanese did not bargain for and could not believe their collaborator friends would do them in, is the ruling that the Taiping Island is a reef. What a joke and what a shocking awakening. The Taiwanese have been sacrificed as a dispensable pawn. In the minds of the Americans and Japanese, Taiwan would return to China some day and it is better to cut Taiwan off the deal, that the Taiping Island pronounced by the kangaroo court is a reef and would not be entitled to a 200nm EEZ.
Now what are the Taiwanese going to do? Pay a visit to Washington to beg for a new ruling? Forget it, it is a done deal. Taiwan is enemy in the long run and its interests in the South China Sea would not be worthy to be protected. Protecting Taiwanese interests in the Taiping Island is as good as protecting China’s interests. The Americans and the Japanese have it all worked out. Taiwanese is useful only in the short term to be used to pressure China but nothing more.
Thank you for being a good boy. Taiping Island is a reef. Want to buy more mediocre American weapons to shoot at China? Taiwan would not be allowed to be turned into a Trojan Horse to undermine the strategic interests of the USA and Japan in the South China Sea. Period.