Summary: The Affirmative plan revokes the current ban on US/China cooperation on space flight, but this brief hits back with solvency and disadvantages.
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About "Space Cooperation with China (NEG)"
The Affirmative plan revokes the current ban on US/China cooperation on space flight. Space flight is a form of transportation according to the US National Space Transportation Policy, so as far out as this case sounds, you’re probably not going to win on topicality.
Instead, the main arguments against it are solvency and disadvantages. Cooperating with China won’t work because they have nothing to offer us (their technology is a generation behind ours) and they don’t want to cooperate anyway. And it would be bad because they are a likely adversary out to dominate space to our detriment. Sharing technology with them will only hurt US national interests.
There’s also a counterplan that denies the resolution and does the opposite of the AFF plan, if you feel motivated to run it and are comfortable with Counterplans. It increases funding for NASA and hardens US resistance to cooperation with China and gets our allies on board with opposing China’s rising threat of space dominance, without changing US transportation policies. It has specific advocacy saying that we should do these steps instead of increasing US/China cooperation.
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