SAN FRANCISCO –
Center for Technology Diplomacy at Purdue Chairman and Co-Founder Founder Keith J. Krach warned U.S. strategic allies about the Chinese Communist Party [CCP] from making an alliance with the Taliban in Afghanistan.
“China? They’re after their minerals. Afghanistan is that missing piece of the jigsaw puzzle for China’s One Belt One Road, so that’s a major factor,” Krach said in an exclusive interview with SKY NEWS on Friday morning.
Krach most recently served as the unanimously confirmed Under Secretary of State. He was the nation’s top economic diplomat leading America’s economic diplomacy portfolio and having the rare distinction of being unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate.
“My heart goes out to the heroes that were fighting for freedom and my prayers are with their families,” Krach said of the unfolding situation in Afghanistan. “The civilians, the allies, our Marines — we’ll never be able to repay that sacrifice they made for freedom.”
“I’ve been talking with intelligence officials all day today and my message was clear: we leave no one behind — and when I mean no one, I mean Americans; our allies; …and our Afghan friends and we certainly have the capacity to do that.”
At the U.S. State Department, Krach oversaw the largest public-private partnership — working across agencies on the repatriation of 100,000 Americans at the start of the global pandemic.
“It was the ultimate public-private partnership because at that time the airlines had canceled most flights,” Krach told SKY NEWS.
“I can tell you — when our people are empowered they have the ability to get the job done,” Krach said. “We will leave absolutely no one behind and we will punish these authoritarianism regimes.”
Krach said that the Taliban still does not have the trust of the international community, even as authoritarianism regimes like CCP try to make advances.
“The most important thing here is that no one ever trusted the Taliban and they had responsibility for the safety of American citizens, our allies and our Afghan friends — those who were coming out,” Krach said.
“The U.S. must not lose the trust of our allies and our friends,” Krach said. “That’s a threat to our freedom and our democracy.”
While serving at the State Department, Krach was the architect of the bipartisan Global Economic Security Strategy (G.E.S.S.), which has become the duplicable playbook for defeating the China Communist Party in high-tech, such as 5G.
“We’ve got to protect global security around the world,” Krach said. “It comes down to working with our allies to have that resolve and to be tough — we’ve got the military might to do it, we’ve got the diplomatic skills to do it and we’ve got the allies to do it and we’ve got to make sure that [the region] does not harbor terrorists.”
Krach said that U.S. and its strategic allies still have leverage points with the Taliban. “First of all they need money. They’re expecting a lot of money from the World Bank and from the [International Monetary Fund] and that can be cut off in an instant.
“The other thing they want is international recognition. That’s important to them. And as long as these things are going on there will be no international recognition,” Krach said.
Earlier this month, Krach presented to the U.S. China Working Group — a bipartisan group of lawmakers on Capitol Hill.
Keith Krach is an global CEO, Silicon Valley innovator, philanthropist and public servant, noted for bringing transformational leadership to multiple sectors, including robotics, engineering, commerce, education, philanthropy, economic statecraft and even the way people sign.