Illustration of figure burdened with large bag of money next to quote on cost of Chinese loans (State Dept./D. Thompson)

The true costs of Chinese loans

Countries are waking up to the true cost of too-easy credit from China and the consequences of owing more than they can pay.
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Shutting down North Korea’s illegal shipping

North Korean ships are desperately trying to avoid sanctions. The U.S. and its allies and partners are stopping illegal shipping in its tracks.
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How the U.S. increases food security by helping female farmers

A U.S. government initiative continues to help countries increase agricultural production and nutrition, one community at a time.
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Do sanctions work?

Sanctions provide an option for U.S. policymakers to alter the behavior of a foreign nation or a specific group of people without military conflict.
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5G tech raises global intellectual property concerns

Stealing ideas hurts workers. As more of the economy becomes connected through 5G, it's vital that we have trusted networks to secure ideas.
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Trump’s Japan trip signals a strong friendship

President Trump and the first lady will soon pay a state visit to Japan, where they will meet the emperor and reinforce longstanding U.S.-Japanese ties.
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Defense Secretary Austin: U.S.-India partnership ‘remains resilient and strong’

U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin met with Indian leaders to strengthen the U.S.-India partnership and advance security in the Indo-Pacific region.
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American ranchers feed China’s taste for beef

American beef is once again appearing on Chinese plates. The development is an example of how cooperation between the two countries can yield results.
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China’s broken trade promises

China benefited immensely from joining the World Trade Organization in 2001. However, in the years since, it has not made good on promises to open its markets, a condition of its entry.