WASHINGTON, DC & TAIPEI, TAIWAN – Keith Krach, former U.S. Under Secretary of State and Tech Diplomat, will return to Taiwan from August 9-12. The upcoming visit comes three years after his historic visit to Taiwan, as the highest-ranking State Department official in 40 years. Krach’s aim is to further boost the economic, scientific, and technological ties between Taiwan and the United States, demonstrating continued support for Taiwanese democracy.
Technology is the new frontier of international relations. The interaction is bi-directional: technology is defining diplomatic matters while diplomacy is also influencing the development and deployment of technology.
Take semiconductors as an example. This is a technology that forms the foundation of digital economy, national security, and productivity in almost all industries. Global supply chain in the semiconductor industry is shaping U.S. foreign policy. Conversely, America’s diplomatic effort has been redefining the supply chain.
Tech diplomacy is different from science diplomacy, which became a key pillar for the U.S. and other countries since World War II. Scientists participated in treaty negotiations, engaged in bilateral summits and served as attachés at embassies. Primary topics included nuclear proliferation, super-collider construction, human space exploration and environmental science.