Quietly the Philippines has been developing some sort of military outside of an infantry. Navy ships (two more just ordered), jet fighters, dozens of attack helicopters, surface to air and ship to ship missiles. Not a lot but when previous governments had spent nothing for decades it is a big jump. Now who could it be aimed at defending against?
China invades Taiwan and Russia invades Ukraine?
That being said, America's response to an invasion of Ukraine and Taiwan at the same time will not be like anything that has occurred since the collapse of the Soviet Union 30 years ago. That simultaneous attack would represent a direct threat to America's national security and there is no way Washington will just react by doing nothing. Even if there is no direct military combat between US and China or Russia because of nuclear deterrence, Washington will take actions that we have not seen in the last 30 years, and I am not referring to merely economic sanctions.
Europe would have looked *VERY* different after either of the wars without American supportOriginal Post Deleted