Silicon Valley Innovator Keith Krach Calls on Universities to Withdraw Investments in Communist China
According to a report on Oct 14th, Silicon Valley titan Keith Krach recently published an open letter calling on universities to divest investments from Chinese companies involved in Communist China’s genocide of the Uyghur population.
Krach, who has served as the State Department’s Under Secretary for Economy during Trump’s presidency and now chairs Purdue University’s Krach Institute for Technology Diplomacy repeated his call to university management in an interview last week with Nury A.Turkel, a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute. He strongly recommended that board members of the university should support divest investments to any companies involved in the Chinese Communist Party(CCP)’s mass detention of Uyghurs and other ethnic minorities in Xinjiang.
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.
By: Miles Yu
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