Two divergent strategies were proposed in the Pacific. Nimitiz wanted to bypass the Philippines and capture Taiwain/Taipei and then Okinawa. MacArthur wanted the Papua Islands (Makin, Tinian, Peleliu) as a prelude to liberating the Phiiippines. The capture of the latter would cut Japan off from the resources of the South Pacific. FDR called a conference between the two in Hawaii. As a result, the MacArthur strategy prevailed. Taiwan/Taipei was avoided but had the US gone in there, would it have been a bloodbath worse than what MacArthur proposed? Certainly being able to shorten the supply line to the Nationalist Chinese would help the latter (but the Natonalists were a spotty fighting force). Taiwan/Taipei had been under Japanese control for decades and has its share of mountainous terrain which is difficult to fight in. Thoughts?