That's what it has been proving. America will only fight easy fights.That's been a long-standing attack line against the various US-orientated military alliances since the start of the Cold War. The US is decadent, it's morally weak, it's isolationist, it doesn't care about you, it will abandon you when you most need it - you should make friends with us instead.
Does the US employ strategic ambiguity with those other states as well? In either case, it would be foolish of them to think that the US would fight to the death for them. If a country capable of defeating the US (or even had some chance of doing it) were to attack these nations, America would find a way out. It has its own citizens to keep alive, and it's not necessarily a dig at the US. Self-preservation comes first; a person may sacrifice himself in the heat of the moment fighting for a friend but world leaders are not generally known to sacrifice their whole countries for the sake of another nation.If Taiwanese are foolish to thinking that the US will help then the same applies to Japan, the ROK, Middle Eastern states and Baltic states.
That's exactly what they would be if a hot war started.It's more about symbolism to show that NATO is a unified alliance rather than using Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia as an expendable buffer against Russia.
You have these concepts confused. It's not how the Russians would act if they thought there was a chance that the Americans wouldn't fight but it's how the Russians would act if they thought there was any chance that the Americans would fight, if American personnel were killed. Countries usually play it safe like when driving. You only enter a lane when you're sure that there's no chance of causing an accident, not when you there think there's a chance that you wouldn't. And this simply shows that Russia and the USA respect each other's boundaries as large powerful nations, not that the US is willing to fight to the death for any ally.It's not a ploy to get Americans dead and then the rest of the population angry. If Russia thought there was a chance the US wouldn't help then it would avoid bases where American personnel were stationed or warn off Washington so they had a few hours to pull out their personnel.
LOLOLOL Were those indices made by the same people who like to blow smoke up their own rears by releasing a map that shows China poorly prepared and the US supremely prepared for a pandemic? Or the guys who make basically the same map about governmental stability right before the American Capital Building was ransacked?I'll just observe that international indexes that show how democratic a territory are normally show Taiwan ranking much higher than HK (and obviously mainland China). Try the Economist Intelligence Unit's index - last time Taiwan was 31st (on a par with Beligum) whilst HK was 75th. There are others as well.