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Foreign direct investment in the U.S. is a win-win [video]

Investing in the U.S. gives companies access to the world's biggest economy and delivers jobs for local communities. Learn one Japanese company's story.
Photo of Mike Pence holding microphone next to a quote about the U.S. and China (State Dept./Photo © Jacquelyn Martin/AP Images)

Pence: U.S., China must find ‘a peaceful and prosperous future’

From trade to human rights to ownership of international waters, the United States and China have one of the most important relationships in the world.
Group of people standing in front of airplane giving thumbs up (State Dept./Ron Przysucha)

Pompeo: Job training makes us strong at home and abroad

Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and Senior Advisor Ivanka Trump spoke about the importance of job training at a roundtable in Wichita, Kansas.
People behind customer-service counter (© Education & Exploration 1/Alamy Stock Photo)

Internships boost opportunity for South Africans

The U.S. State Department is partnering with Hilton hotels to offer South African students paid internships that could lead to long-term employment.
U.S. flag with graphs overlaid (© Rzoze19/Shutterstock)

The U.S. is a popular place to invest

What draws foreign direct investment to the U.S.? A few reasons include the strong economy, the world's largest consumer market, and a talented workforce.

Empowering women in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Is it possible for chocolate, coffee, and gold to be responsibly produced in a way that also empowers women? This business says, "Yes — watch us."

2019 Nobel Prize winners: Economic sciences

Harvard and MIT professors have transformed the global fight against poverty by conducting precise experiments among affected communities.
Graphic showing top 15 leaders in innovation (State Dept./S. Gemeny Wilkinson; Source: Global Innovation Index 2019)

United States is a leader in global innovation

The 2019 Global Innovation Index ranks economies around the world based on their innovative output. Innovation is key to succeeding in business.
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.