Folks were dismissing Taiwan declaring freedom in case of a long Chinese Indian war. There is no guarantee ofcourse but it usually is the case that when one stands up to the bully then the others also stand up.
There is no guarantee that US will join...after a while.
There is no guarantee that Taiwan will declare freedom.
There is no guarantee that Pakistan will join China and this will drive a big wedge with the US.
All of these are calculated risks with reasonable chance of happening with the right incentive and situations. Our folks have to have atleast a informal discussion with the nations. For example if China attacks Vietnam, India will not hesitate to enter. You can't bring down an opponent if you are always thinking only about yourself.
Folks familiar with how Mohammed used to keep the allies from joining together will be able to follow this by sowing distrust among each other. If the Banu Quraish and Meccans had joined without distrusting each other history would be different at Medina.
In a bold and sensational move, Taiwan shot down fighter aircraft of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) of China after it intruded into its airspace.
This courageous action by Taiwan comes after Chinese PLA aircraft made several incursions into Taiwanese airspace over the last few months.
Which is why it is important we dont enter into a quick negotiated settlement. Opposite of what Jaishankar is working towards.