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About "Philippines (NEG)"
AFF plan reduces or eliminates US arms transfers to the Philippines. This brief argues that the Philippines need the U.S. to assist them for national defense. Ending arms sales does not help the Philippines stave off China in the South China Sea or battle their plague of terrorists and insurgents. There are three security issues that the U.S. might face if it cut arms to the Philippines. First, an imperialist China is already encroaching on Philippine-owned territory in the South China Sea. If the Philippines cannot deter China, the U.S. might have to get militarily involved—something no one wants. Second, Russia is already sending the Philippines weapons. If the U.S. cuts its arms, you can bet the Philippines will still get weapons somewhere, and they’re on the brink of turning to Russia. Expanding Russian influence in the Philippines loses US hegemony with bad impacts that follow. Thirdly, militancy is widespread. The Philippines are battling Communist and Islamic insurgents and are ill-equipped to do so. Whatever their other problems are, they will need some weapons to fight with.
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