Keith Krach (L), U.S. undersecretary of state for economic growth, energy and the environment, speaks to Brent Christensen, director of the American Institute in Taiwan, during a funeral ceremony of former Taiwan president Lee Teng-hui at the Aletheia University in Nee Taipei City on Sept. 19, 2020. (HSU CHAO-CHANG/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

US Changes Course on Taiwan in Defiance of Beijing

The tone of U.S.–Taiwan relations has dramatically changed under the Trump administration, particularly since a September 2020 visit to Taipei by Under Secretary Keith Krach that paved the way for new economic dialogue.

The Clean Network, an alliance of democracies to address the threats to data privacy, security, human rights, and trusted collaboration

How the Clean Network Alliance of Democracies Turned the Tide on Huawei in 5G

Two weeks ago, Brazil became the 50th Clean Network member, followed by Ecuador, Jamaica, and the Dominican Republic. In just six months, the Clean Network has grown to over 50 Clean Countries, representing 2/3 of the world’s GDP—180 Clean Telcos and many industry-leading Clean Companies like Oracle, Fujitsu, Cisco, Siemens, VMware, NEC, and HP. This alliance of democracies now includes 26 of the 27 EU member states along with technology savvy nations like Japan, Israel, Australia, Singapore, Taiwan, Canada, Vietnam, New Zealand, and India. The Clean Network partners also include an increasing list of global heavyweights like NATO Deputy Secretary General Mircea Geoana, EU Commissioner Thierry Breton, Chairwoman of the Three Seas Initiative and Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid.

40 Clean Countries, and 50 Clean Telcos have joined the Clean Network.

The Transatlantic Alliance Goes Clean

Since Secretary of State Pompeo announced the Clean Network and the European Union launched its EU 5G Clean Toolbox earlier this year, 40 Clean Countries, and 50 Clean Telcos, including the largest telcos like Reliance Jio in India, Telstra in Australia, SK in Korea, NTT in Japan, Hrvatskiin Croatia, Tele2 in Estonia, Cosmote in Greece, Three in Ireland, LMT in Latvia, Ziggo in the Netherlands, Plus in Poland, TDC in Denmark, O2in the United Kingdom, Singtel, Starhub, and M1in Singapore and all the major telcos in Canada, Japan, Luxembourg, U.S., and Taiwan have joined the Clean Network. 


Under Secretary Krach Remarks from Office of the Prime Minister of Albania

Remarks by Under Secretary Krach, at the Office of the Prime Minister of Albania

The Under Secretary’s visit was marked by two important milestones in the relations between our countries. First, a Memorandum of Understanding on Economic Cooperation was signed by U.S. Under Secretary Krach and the Albanian Minister of Finance and Economy Anila Denaj. Afterward, Under Secretary Krach and Prime Minister Rama presided over the signing of the Skavica Hydropower project between the Albanian government and one of America’s best-known engineering and construction companies, Bechtel.

Keith Krach, the U.S. Department of State’s Under Secretary for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment told Bloomberg's Maria Tadeo exclusively in Brussels. They spoke on "Bloomberg Surveillance." (Source: Bloomberg)

Chinese Gov. Poses Threat to Democracy: State Dept.’s Krach

The Trump administration’s ban targeting ByteDance Ltd.’s TikTok isn’t about one company but about the Chinese communist party’s threat to democracy, Keith Krach, the U.S. Department of State’s Under Secretary for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment told Bloomberg’s Maria Tadeo exclusively in Brussels. They spoke on “Bloomberg Surveillance.” (Source: Bloomberg)