Friday , December 15 2017

The Latest: Poll shows most Filipinos trust US but not China

BEIJING (AP) — The Latest on Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s visit to China (all times local):
3:20 p.m.
A new poll shows that most Filipinos strongly trust the United States but have opposite feelings toward China.
The independent poll was released Tuesday as Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte starts a visit to Beijing to bolster ties.
The Social Weather Stations survey showed 76 percent of adult Filipinos have “much trust” in the U.S., while 13 percent are undecided. The rest have “little trust” for a “very good” net trust rating of plus 66.
China, on the other hand, is regarded with “little trust” by 55 percent of Filipinos, while 19 percent are undecided. Only 22 percent have “much trust” on the Asian economic powerhouse, the poll results showed.
The poll outcome came despite Duterte’s praises for China and his efforts to rebuild relations between Beijing and Manila that have been strained by long-seething territorial conflicts in the South China Sea.
The SWS Sept. 24-27 survey polled 1,200 adult Filipinos and had a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percent.

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