· The Philippines is interested in the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a high-level trade agreement that will mark the global and regional economic architecture of the 21st century. The Philippines is the next to conclude a free trade agreement with the United States, the world`s largest economy. Hinchliffe said that from the start of trade negotiations, the signing of the free trade agreement “would not last very long.” Annual trade in goods and services between the Philippines and its longtime ally amounted to $27 billion in 2016, according to the Office of U.S. Trade Representative. It would be Washington`s second free trade agreement with a Southeast Asian country after Singapore. Romualdez said a free trade agreement with the world`s largest economy would likely be approved, as the Philippines is a much smaller U.S. trading partner than China and Europe, which have become goals of the Trump administration`s “America First” trade agenda. AmCham said he would continue to insist on Washington`s free trade agreement with the Philippines because he strongly believes in the great benefit of the trade deal. Philippines – Japan Economic Partnership Agreement The Philippines and Japan concluded a free trade agreement in 2008.
The VPA is the Philippines` only bilateral free trade agreement covering, among other things, trade in goods, trade in services, investment, personal transport, intellectual property, customs procedures, improving the business environment and public procurement. A basic military agreement of 1947 granted the United States a 99-year lease for a number of Philippine military and naval bases in which the U.S. authorities had virtual territorial rights.  In August 1951, a Mutual Defence Treaty (TDM) was signed between representatives of the Philippines and the United States. The comprehensive agreement contained eight articles and stated that the two nations would have supported each other if the Philippines or the United States were attacked by an outside party. An amendment to the basic agreement in 1966 reduced his term from 99 years to 25 years.  In 1979, after two years of negotiations, the basic agreement was renewed with some modifications.  Relations between the Philippines and the United States (Philippine/Tagalog: Ugnayang Pilipinas-Estados Unidos) are bilateral relations between the Philippines and the United States. Relations between the United States and the Philippines have been historically strong and have been described as special relationships.  The current Philippine president, Rodrigo Duterte, however, supports a foreign policy that is less dependent on the United States and prefers a closer policy with China and Russia although the Philippines and the United States signed a 1951 mutual defence agreement and are actively working to implement a strengthened defence cooperation agreement concluded in 2014. The Philippines is one of the oldest Asian partners of the United States and a non-NATO strategic ally. The United States has always been ranked as one of the most popular Philippine nations in the world, with 90% of Filipinos seeing the United States and 91% seeing Americans positive in 2002, 90% of Filipinos see the United States.
2011 85% of Filipinos who see the United States and Americans as positive, 2013, and 92% of Filipinos who see the United States as positive in 2015 and 94% trust former U.S. President Barack Obama and the Philippines the pro-American country of the world.  The Enhanced Defence Cooperation Agreement is a 10-page document containing a preamble and 12 articles, signed on 28 April 2014. It is a framework agreement that increases the scope of the 1951 TDM. The United States works closely with the Philippines to reduce poverty and increase prosperity. [Citation required] The United States