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Former Under Secretary of State, Krach Institute for Tech Diplomacy at Purdue Chairman Keith Krach Lauds NATO for Confronting China
SAN FRANCISCO – Former U.S. Under Secretary of State, Krach Institute for Tech Diplomacy at Purdue Chairman and Global Tech Security Commission Co-Chair Keith Krach lauded the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) for addressing the geopolitical threats posed by China in its new Strategic Concept for the first time.
“The free world is recognizing the fact that Beijing poses a threat to our global security and our moral values,” Krach said. “From the Chinese government’s investments in key technologies to control critical infrastructure to its increasing military ambitions when it comes to Taiwan, it’s essential for allied democracies to confront these threats head-on.
“This year’s summit marks an important milestone in NATO’s ability to adapt to new security challenges. While NATO’s original mission was to counter Russian threats to the West, we must recognize that the greatest strategic challenges today come from what I call the ‘totalitarian twins’: Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping,” Krach said.
“Furthermore, the historic applications by Finland and Sweden to join NATO will strengthen both their own security and that of NATO as a whole. The growth of our alliance underscores why democratic values will ultimately prevail despite the strategic challenges posed by China and other malign actors.”
“I urge all NATO allies to build upon the Clean Network Alliance of Democracies that I led while serving as America’s top economic diplomat to commit to only using trusted vendors for 5G and 6G networks that aren’t tools of the Chinese Communist Party. This united front is how we will take the necessary steps to ensure that emerging technologies are used to advance, not restrict, our cherished freedoms.
“Our adversaries are playing a game of four-dimensional military, economic, diplomatic and cultural chess, and the crossroads and the main battlefield is technology. That’s why it’s so important for NATO to continue to lead on artificial intelligence, autonomous weapons systems, big data, biotechnology, quantum technologies and other emerging areas – more than ever, the countries with the best technologies are the ones that win.”
Background: As the nation’s top economic diplomat from 2019 to 2021, Krach built the Clean Network Alliance to defeat the Chinese Communist Party’s efforts to control 5G communications; and was the highest-ranking State Department official to visit Taiwan in 41 years. Krach is nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2022 for deploying his “Trust Doctrine” to defend against technological authoritarianism, safeguard global economic security, preserve democracy in Taiwan, and protect human rights to advance freedom and lasting peace. Before serving as Under Secretary of State, Krach was the CEO of DocuSign and Ariba. Krach now serves as chairman of the Krach Institute for Tech Diplomacy at Purdue, which integrates technology and foreign policy expertise to ensure that trusted technology is used to advance freedom.