How America Turned the Tables on Huawei

Voice of America 06.10.2021 1 min read
How America Turned the Tables on Huawei
How America Turned the Tables on Huawei
FILE - Then-U.S. Undersecretary of State Keith Krach participates in a meeting at the South Korean Foreign Ministry in Seoul, Nov. 6, 2019.

Excitement over China’s digital advances was rampant when Keith Krach last visited China as chief executive of the highly successful software company DocuSign, with its more than 400 million users in 188 countries.

“I saw a lot of new technology. I saw the drone swarm technology. Everybody was telling me to download Tencent every 30 minutes,” Krach said. Tencent is the multinational conglomerate behind China’s popular WeChat app.

That was in December 2017. Today Krach is near the top of a list of Americans who are banned, along with their close relatives, from ever again visiting China or doing business with Chinese entities.

Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo “was number one, [former trade policy adviser Peter] Navarro number two, I’m number three” on the list topped by former Trump administration officials, Krach said in a recent interview.

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