Trade re­stric­tions with China feared

Manila Bulletin - - National News - By GENALYN D. KABILING

Pres­i­dent Duterte is plan­ning to ask United States Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump not to ap­ply an anti-China clause in a pos­si­ble free trade agree­ment with the Philip­pines.

The Pres­i­dent has ex­pressed con­cern about re­ports that US trade deals with coun­tries might in­clude a pro­vi­sion pro­hibit­ing trade with China, say­ing such con­di­tion would limit the growth of the Philip­pines' trad­ing mar­ket.

"Now, here is a prob­lem. I do not know if it is a con­firmed move by the Amer­i­can govern­ment. Pres­i­dent Trump would be will­ing to sign a trade pact with you... Now, kung pipirma ka niyan, you can ex­port and im­port will con­tinue but you can­not trade with China. Sige daw. Try to solve the prob­lem," he said dur­ing a press con­fer­ence in Davao City early Fri­day morn­ing.

" Trump is my friend. When we see each other, I'll him, 'Don­ald, please don't do it. The Philip­pines, see, we have limited mar­ket sud­denly," he said.

China is cur­rently the coun­try's big­gest trad­ing part­ner. The United States, on the other hand, has been a long­time eco­nomic and de­fense ally of the Philip­pines.

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