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US most trusted by Pinoys, China least - survey

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MANILA — The United States is the nation most trusted by Filipinos – and China the least, based on a Pulse Asia survey conducted from March 15 to 20.


The poll showed trust level for the US at 79 percent; Japan, 75 percent; Australia and Great Britain, 69 percent and 53 percent, respectively.


Only four in 10 have trust in Russia and China – at 42 percent and 37 percent, respectively.


President Duterte has established stronger relations with China and Russia while expressing dismay at the US for the latter’s critical stand on his war on drugs.


“That’s par for the course. After all these years we’ve been programmed to think that these are the enemies,” presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella said referring to China and Russia, in reaction to the survey result.


“The President is breaking free as a disruptor so… it’s par for the course,” he added.


In the survey, 63 percent of respondents said they could not trust China and 56 percent voiced the same opinion of Russia.

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