Building better ties through trade

The United States is eager to improve connections among producers and consumers in the United States and East Asia to benefit all trading partners. That...
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U.S. defends the world’s access to oil through Strait of Hormuz

The United States and regional allies are committed to keeping the sea lanes open in the Strait of Hormuz, one of the world's most important international straits.
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International investors find plenty of opportunities in the U.S.

No country attracts more foreign direct investment than the U.S. That's good for U.S. workers, but also for overseas investors' profits.

U.S. and other Pacific Rim countries reach ‘very big deal’

In a landmark agreement, countries accounting for nearly half of the world's economy have committed to cut trade barriers and set common standards.

How would you sell a trade deal? These ambassadors’ methods have...

To promote the world's largest trade deal, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), most officials would talk from behind the lectern or, maybe, have...
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U.S. is world’s largest producer of crude oil

The United States has surpassed Russia and Saudi Arabia and is now the largest producer of crude oil, U.S. government figures show.

‘Fast track’: What it means to you

Trade promotion authority will expand workers’ rights, it will protect the environment, and it will promote a free and open Internet.

U.S. and Vietnam: Once rivals, now partners

Vietnam and the U.S. are celebrating 20 years of normalized diplomatic relations. They have seen a dramatic rise in trade and people-to-people ties.
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The world counts on the dollar

The world has 180 currencies, but the U.S. dollar is used in more international transactions than any other thanks to its stability.