Trade Tensions between Washington and China

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The Philippines is currently in negotiations with the United States after trade tensions between Washington and China have escalated due to substantial tarriffs on Chinese goods.

Initial talks were held in November of 2017 after president Duterte met with U.S. president Trump during the ASEAN summit in Manila (Reuters).

The Philippines has a distinct advantage with regard to trade relations, given our close relationship with the United States, shared cultural values, and large English-speaking population. Industries in the West are beginning to look beyond China for extensions to their supply chain, providing significant opportunities on both sides.