"But those comments are creating unnecessary uncertainty in our relationship".
Duterte made the inflammatory remarks in Beijing Thursday - announcing a "separation from the United States".
Philippine Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella has been busy lately, trying to walk back controversial comments from his volatile boss, President Rodrigo Duterte. "The statement the President made maintains the relationship with the West".
Goldberg said the economies of the Philippines and the United States, after all, remain "very much linked".
Chuckling as he spoke, Duterte said that now he would be dependent on China for a long time. Republican candidate Donald Trump told a rally in North Carolina that the Philippine shift toward closer relations with China after decades of a pro-U.S. foreign policy showed that "America has grown weak".
The sharpness of Earnest's comment may reflect uneasiness in the White House about the implications of what Duterte is doing.
The firebrand leader signalled on Thursday during his four-day state visit to Beijing that he meant to end the Philippines' 70-year alliance with the United States in favor of China and Russian Federation.
Duterte's declaration is the latest indication that the Philippines' president, just five months into his six-year term, intends to reshape his country's ties to its closest ally by doubling down on his pivot away from the USA and toward China.
Xi, who greeted Duterte with full military honors at the Great Hall of the People, the seat of the ceremonial legislature in the heart of Beijing, said the meeting had "milestone significance". "It's the only way".
In Washington, officials seemed puzzled by Duterte's comments.
State Department spokesman John Kirby said the USA would seek an explanation, which the U.S. hadn't known were coming. At the same time, the USA continues to host nearly 6 million Filipinos.
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Following high-level talks with Chinese leaders in Beijing, the Philippine leader - earlier in the day at a business forum - announced "my separation from the United States, both in military, not maybe social, but economics also". He also referred to President Barack Obama as a "son of a whore".
She also said the United States would honour alliance commitments and treaty obligations with the Philippines.
USA companies have invested almost $5 billion in the country, especially in the call center and data processing industries.
The loss of the Philippines bases would be "a significant blow", said Manning, a former official at the State Department and National Intelligence Council.
Foreign investment has been put on hold amid these "rather startling kinds of developments", the outgoing USA ambassador to the Philippines, Philip Goldberg, said in an interview in Manila on Thursday with the Rappler social news network.
Underscoring that, the Chinese and Philippines defence ministers meet in Beijing on the sidelines of Duterte's visit, and pledged to restore security ties, China's Defence Ministry said.
Still, there is concern in Washington about what this means.
Goldberg also said the USA was not suing the Philippines "for divorce" in answer to a comment from journalist Arnold Clavio of GMA News that the two countries were apparently having an LQ or "lovers' quarrel".
Despite criticism from the USA, the European Union, and the UN, Duterte - who came to office in May on a promise to wipe out drugs and dealers - has vowed to continue his anti-drug campaign until the end of his term, shrugging off accusations that human rights are being violated in the process.
Sandy Pho, a senior program associate at the Wilson Center, agreed that Duterte resents United States power in the Philippines. Leila de Lima, a longtime Duterte, said in a statement.