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Commerce Adds Seven Chinese Supercomputing Entities to Entity List for their Support to China’s Military Modernization, and Other Destabilizing Efforts

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The Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) has added seven Chinese supercomputing entities to the Entity List for conducting activities that are contrary to the national security or foreign policy interests of the United States. Today’s final rule adds the following entities to the Entity List: Tianjin Phytium Information Technology, Shanghai High-Performance Integrated...

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Secretary Gina M. Raimondo Statement on her Meeting with a Bipartisan Delegation from the U.S. Conference of Mayors

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Following a meeting with a Bipartisan Delegation from the U.S. Conference of Mayors, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo released the following statement: “Today, I was honored to join a bipartisan delegation of mayors from across the country who have been leading their communities through the COVID-19 pandemic and the economic recovery from it. Our cities need 21st century investments in...

Commerce’s USPTO Concludes Successful Women’s Entrepreneurship Symposium

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Statement from U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo on the Announced Candidacy of Doreen Bogdan-Martin for ITU Secretary-General

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Following the announcement of ITU Telecommunication Development Bureau Director Doreen Bogdan-Martin’s candidacy for ITU Secretary-General, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo released the following statement: “Today the United States Government declares its support for Director Bogdan-Martin’s candidacy to be the first woman ever to lead the International Telecommunication Union. Bogdan...

Spotlight on Commerce: Ashley Zuelke, Program Manager, Denver Regional Office, U.S. Economic Development Administration

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Spotlight on Commerce: Tanika Hawkins, Acting Director of Administration, Office of the Secretary

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Women-Owned Business Ownership in America on the Rise

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