Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte shakes hands with visiting U.S Secretary of State Rex Tillerson during a meeting at the presidential palace in Manila, Philippines August 7, 2017. (REUTERS/Erik De Castro)
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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte Tuesday took a swipe at the Trump administration's retreat from a major free trade deal, joining Asian nations at a forum this week in criticising rising protectionism.Until recently China and the United States were both pushing sweeping free trade deals that excluded each other. During a speech celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Manila, Duterte gave his backing to a planned trade pact backed by China known as the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership.Before Trump's withdrawal, TPP would have covered 40 percent of the global economy.
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