On July 16, 2021, W. Brent Christensen departed Taipei after completing a three-year posting as Director of AIT. |PR-2130|July 16, 2021
Independence Day was celebrated in the United States on Sunday, July 4. And today, we are commemorating America’s 245th birthday here in Taiwan. In our observance of our Independence Day, we celebrate the birth of America as a nation with a government “of the people, by the people and for the people.”|OT-2136|July 13, 2021
As my time as AIT Director draws to a close and I prepare to leave Taiwan, I want to take this opportunity to tell you what this experience has meant to me. It is not an exaggeration to say that this has been the honor of my life and the fulfillment of a career-long aspiration.|OT-2134|July ...
As my three years as AIT Director soon come to an end, the relaunch of the TIFA process is a fitting conclusion to my time here.|OT-2132|June 30, 2021
Remarks by AIT Director W. Brent Christensen at Presidential Office Order of the Brilliant Star with
As I have said before, the U.S.-Taiwan relationship is a rare and special one. Yet I have been personally – and pleasantly – surprised by the dramatic growth in our ties as we weathered the global pandemic over the past year and a half. |OT-2131|June 25, 2021
Remarks by AIT Director W. Brent Christensen at Ministry of Foreign Affairs Grand Medal of Diplomacy
It is truly an honor to be here today to receive this award. As I prepare to leave Taiwan, I am reminded of the first time I arrived here over 40 years ago when Taiwan had yet to become the economic powerhouse and democratic success story that it is today. It was my early experience ...
As my three years as AIT Director will soon come to a close, I am proud to say that the work AIT has accomplished in raising awareness on securing resilient supply chains with Taiwan and our likeminded partners has been a great success. Our efforts towards building global supply chain resiliency have become a critical ...
Good morning. As you may know, my three years as AIT Director will soon come to a close. I can honestly say that this assignment – serving as Director of the American Institute in Taiwan – was my dream job. And my experience exceeded my expectations in every way.|OT-2122|May 26, 2021
Remarks by AIT Director W. Brent Christensen at GCTF Workshop on COVID-19 Vaccine Roll-out: Experien
These are difficult times and talking about COVID-19 vaccines can be a sensitive subject. But just because this is a challenging topic, does not mean that health experts cannot build connections and work on ways to move forward.|OT-2121|May 19, 2021
On May 18, the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) was pleased to co-host with Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Taiwan’s Centers for Disease Control, the Japan-Taiwan Exchange Association, the UK, and the Australian Office a virtual Global Cooperation and Training Framework (vGCTF) workshop entitled “COVID-19 Vaccine Roll-out: Experiences and Challenges.”|PR-2112|May 19, 2021
I want to congratulate TAITRA for their tremendous efforts in publishing this inaugural whitepaper. This comprehensive analysis sheds light on complex supply chain trends, opportunities, and challenges that Taiwan industries are facing as the world rethinks the supply chain network of the past.|OT-2119|May 6, 2021
I can say with firsthand knowledge that your participation today is not just a token gesture. AIT has cooperated with many of you on major cybersecurity events and initiatives, particularly over the past eighteen months, including last year’s research trip to the RSA cybersecurity conference in San Francisco, the critical infrastructure virtual seminar, the cybersecurity ...
Today is the 51st anniversary of Earth Day, with an estimated one billion people around the world mobilizing to commemorate it. The events of today’s Innovation Forum highlight U.S. commitment to the environment and to finding innovative solutions for combating climate change. This aligns with President Biden’s priority of placing climate change at the center ...
This past year has had more than its share of tragedy, as the COVID-19 pandemic is still wreaking havoc throughout the globe. But 2021 has also brought some hope and we can see signs of a return to normalcy on the horizon. I know that I speak for all of us in the room in ...
United States, Taiwan, Japan, and EU cohost the vGCTF Workshop on Supply Chain Restructuring and SME
The American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) was pleased to cohost a one-day virtual Global Cooperation and Training Framework (vGCTF) workshop on Supply Chain Restructuring and SME Financing with the Taiwan Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Japan-Taiwan Exchange Association (JTEA), and first-time host the European Economic and Trade Office in Taiwan (EETO).|PR-2111|April 14, 2021
Remarks by AIT Director W. Brent Christensen at the virtual GCTF on Supply Chain Restructuring and S
Well before the devastation wrought by the global pandemic made countries around the world consider the vulnerabilities of their supply chains, we at AIT recognized the shifting trends in global supply chains and the critical role that Taiwan can play. Over the past year and a half, we have been closely working with Taiwan on the promotion of global ...
On March 30, 2021, the American Institute in Taiwan and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office convened high-level representatives of the U.S. Department of State and the Taiwan Ministry of Foreign Affairs for a virtual forum on expanding Taiwan’s participation in UN organizations and other international fora. |PR-2109|April 1, 2021
Practically speaking, this travel and the new policy that made it possible, is a tangible sign of progress and cause for optimism in the fight against COVID-19. It shows that Taiwan and Palau’s diligent and effective COVID prevention efforts have brought them to a point of stability and security that allowed them to begin the ...
Remarks by AIT Director W. Brent Christensen at the Bilingual Education Symposium to Support the U.S
AIT and TECRO signed an important Memorandum of Understanding on international education cooperation last year. This Initiative gives Taiwan and the United States the opportunity to strengthen our cooperation and collaboration on international education in many different ways. One key method is to increase the numbers of Americans coming to Taiwan to study, while at ...
Yesterday in Washington, AIT and TECRO signed a Memorandum of Understanding to further cooperation between the U.S. Coast Guard and Taiwan’s Coast Guard Administration. This MOU formalizes our already robust and longstanding cooperation with Taiwan’s Coast Guard, and, notably, is the first one signed in the Biden Administration. |OT-2106|March 26, 2021
I am delighted to be here to participate in the groundbreaking ceremony for Powerchip Semiconductor Manufacturing Corporation’s new Tongluo Fabrication Plant. This is a great opportunity to congratulate PSMC, to highlight the leadership role Taiwan plays in the global semiconductor industry, and to restate the U.S. government’s focus on supply chain security.|OT-2105|March 25, 2021
It is fitting that we come together today to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the March 11, 2011 Great Japan Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami for a workshop focused on rebuilding communities and nations following disaster. We still have so much to learn from one another. | OT-2104|March 10, 2021
Remarks by AIT Director W. Brent Christensen at the Press Launch for the Academy for Women Entrepren
Before I begin, I’d like to wish everyone a Happy International Women’s Day! It is a real pleasure to help announce today the launch of this important and meaningful training program – the Academy for Women Entrepreneurs – or AWE. We all know that when women are successful, communities proposer, countries thrive, and the world ...
The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) established AWE in 2019 to support the goals of the Women’s Global Development and Prosperity (W-GDP) Initiative, which demonstrates U.S. commitment to advancing women’s economic empowerment and reaching 50 million women globally by 2025.|PR-2104|March 8, 2021
Remarks by AIT Director W. Brent Christensen at the Chinese Language Symposium to Support the U.S.-T
As you may have heard, on December 2, AIT and TECRO signed an important Memorandum of Understanding on international education cooperation. This MOU gives Taiwan and the United States the opportunity to strengthen our cooperation and collaboration on international education.|OT-2102|January 16, 2021
On December 14, 2020, the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States (TECRO) signed a new Science and Technology Agreement (STA) that will strengthen cooperation between the two societies to advance joint understanding on a broad range of science and technology topics.|PR-2067|December 18, 2020
Remarks by AIT Director W. Brent Christensen On the Announcement of the U.S.-Taiwan Scientific and T
The United States and Taiwan have an impressive record of cooperation and joint achievements, particularly in the area of science and technology. Our shared traditions of innovation and entrepreneurship ensure that both the United States and Taiwan will benefit from our continued scientific and technological engagements.|OT-2054|December 18, 2020
It is my distinct pleasure to be with you today and to join my colleagues at the Development Finance Corporation and the United States Agency for International Development to support the public launch of Women’s Livelihood Bond 3. Indeed, this program is a testament to the United States and Taiwan’s commitment to the shared value ...
I am excited to be here today for the public launch of the U.S.-Taiwan Education Initiative. This new bilateral Initiative is aimed at expanding access to Chinese and English language instruction, while safeguarding academic freedom.|OT-2052|December 3, 2020
Remarks by AIT Director W. Brent Christensen on the Inaugural U.S.-Taiwan Economic Prosperity Partne
Just a few hours ago, the United States and Taiwan concluded the inaugural meeting of the U.S.-Taiwan Economic Prosperity Partnership Dialogue. Convened under the auspices of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office (TECRO) in the United States, the U.S.-Taiwan Economic Dialogue signifies that not only is the ...
The theme of this year’s Meet Taipei conference “Arising Vision” is quite appropriate. As both the United States and Taiwan face the new “normal” of dealing with a global economy battered by COVID-19, novel approaches are required to overcome these unprecedented challenges. |OT-2050|November 18, 2020
Indeed, as the Internet evolves and new network technologies blur the line between the physical world and the virtual, now is the time as a multi-stakeholder community to take stock of the rising challenges to the global, open Internet. |OT-2049|November 12, 2020
The United States and Taiwan will hold the inaugural meeting of the U.S.-Taiwan Economic Prosperity Partnership Dialogue on November 20, 2020 in Washington, D.C. under the auspices of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States (TECRO).|PR-2054|November 11, 2020
Remarks by AIT Director Brent Christensen at the virtual GCTF: Sustainable Materials Management Solu
The United States is working to find solutions to these complex waste management issues, including marine debris. For example, in October 2018, the United States Congress signed the “Save Our Seas” (S.O.S.) bill into law, directing the U.S. government to increase engagement with countries that contribute the most to the global marine debris problem and ...
United States, Taiwan, Japan, and the Netherlands Host a vGCTF Workshop on Sustainable Materials Man
Director Christensen said: “The United States is working with Taiwan and other partners to find solutions to complex waste management issues, including marine debris. This is one of the many areas in which Taiwan can share its considerable expertise with the world.”|PR-2053|November 3, 2020
Remarks by AIT Director W. Brent Christensen at the Capstone Session of the 2020 U.S.-Taiwan Consult
But these consultations would not be complete without committing to concrete next steps towards fostering sustainable, long-term partnerships between U.S. and Taiwan civil society. That is the theme of today’s event. I look forward to hearing your ideas about what more our governments can do to empower civil society efforts.|OT-2046|October 28, 2020
First, the United States applauds the success of the Taiwan Model of pandemic response on COVID-19. The recent visit of U.S. HHS Secretary Alex Azar to Taiwan signifies the important role that Taiwan can play in the international arena to share its expertise. |OT-2045|October 28, 2020
This afternoon, AIT co-hosted with TAITRA a session of the Indo-Pacific Business Forum (IPBF) entitled “Taiwan Model on COVID-19: Forging public private partners in the medical industry.” During the session, representatives of Taiwan’s public and private sectors discussed how Taiwan marshalled its public health and private sector resources to successfully mitigate the COVID-19 risk to ...
I am pleased to be here today to speak about three things: the depth of U.S.-Taiwan cooperation on environmental matters, the growing challenges of waste management, and Taiwan as a force for good in seeking solutions to these challenges, especially during the COVD-19 pandemic.|OT-2043|October 16, 2020
Remarks by AIT Director W. Brent Christensen at vGCTF on Trade Secrets Protection and Digital Piracy
AIT has a long history of positive cooperation with Taiwan on the promotion of intellectual property rights, making this an ideal topic for a GCTF workshop. Taiwan’s progress in this area is quite remarkable, and we believe that Taiwan, Japan, and the United States each have tremendous knowledge and experience to share today. |OT-2042|October 15, 2020
The work done by Taiwan Chambers of Commerce across the globe is inextricably linked to AIT’s work, and a central pillar in the U.S.-Taiwan relationship. |OT-2041|September 29, 2020
AIT has been involved in the Presidential Hackathon since its inception in 2018, but this year AIT co-hosted with Taiwan the International Track of the Presidential Hackathon, which brought together teams from around the world to use technology and social innovation to advance human progress.|OT-2038|September 21, 2020
On September 9, 2020, The American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), the Taiwan Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Japan-Taiwan Exchange Association, and the Government of Guatemala hosted the first in a series of expert exchanges focused on the Western Hemisphere under the Global Cooperation and Training Framework (GCTF). Today’s webinar focused on helping countries deploy digital ...
Remarks by AIT Director W. Brent Christensen at the Forum on Supply Chain Restructuring: Improving R
As we plan for a post-pandemic world and evaluate what changes to the global supply chain are necessary, one thing is certain: Taiwan has demonstrated time and again that it is a reliable partner and a critical player for moving toward a more sustainable global economy. |OT-2036| |September 4, 2020|
Remarks by AIT Director W. Brent Christensen at the Security Cooperation Month Memorial Unveiling Ce
We face dangerous new technologies, a deadly pandemic and the unpredictable effects of climate change. But our partnership, rooted in tradition, continues to exemplify the mutual support, mutual respect, and mutual interests that these service members and their cohort helped to build between our societies and between our militaries. |OT-2035| |September 2, 2020|
The United States advocates for a vibrant digital economy worldwide that benefits from the promise of fifth-generation (5G) networks. 5G is transformative and will touch every aspect of our lives, including critical infrastructure.|OT-2032|August 26, 2020
It is my pleasure to represent AIT once again at the annual AmCham Hsieh Nien Fan dinner, coming a few months later than usual this year. I think the very fact that we can all be gathered here together is not only a testament to Taiwan’s extremely deft handling of the COVID-19 pandemic response, but ...
I am confident that today’s forum about supply chain restructuring and merger and acquisition opportunities in a post-pandemic environment will provide important insights to the public, Taiwan’s business leaders, and policymakers. |OT-2030|August 26, 2020
“Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and the U.S. delegation touched down at Songshan International Airport at 4:48 PM local time on Sunday, August 9, 2020..."|PR-2026|August 9, 2020
Last year, we at AIT celebrated forty years since the U.S. Congress codified our commitment to Taiwan in the Taiwan Relations Act, and also established the American Institute in Taiwan. The TRA was passed swiftly and overwhelmingly on a bipartisan basis by both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. Forty-one years later, Taiwan still ...
Remarks by AIT Director W. Brent Christensen at Virtual GCTF Workshop on COVID-19: Preparing for the
Today’s event is our seventh workshop focused on public health under the GCTF – a recognition of the impressive expertise and capability that Taiwan has in this area. |OT-2022|June 24, 2020
The Talent Circulation Alliance (TCA) is a public-private partnership, jointly founded last April by the American Institute in Taiwan and the Taiwan authorities, that facilitates the circulation of talent between Taiwan, the United States, and other like-minded partners, with the goal of cultivating a deep pool of capable, internationally-integrated, and digitally-savvy professionals.|OT-2020|June 12, 2020
It is my great pleasure to be here today to help celebrate the publication of the American Chamber of Commerce’s annual White Paper, which this year includes a new chapter on talent circulation. |OT-2019|June 10, 2020
The United States and Taiwan are enhancing our important cooperation to prevent the spread of COVID-19. We want countries around the world to benefit from the generous contributions and impressive expertise that Taiwan—a vibrant democracy and a force for good—brings to the global community, and improve the health and welfare of their people. |PR-2015|June 5, ...
The GCTF was born out of a very simple idea, which MOFA recently adapted into its slogan: Taiwan can help. In today’s context, the value of Taiwan’s assistance is almost too obvious to mention. |OT-2018|June 1, 2020
On June 1, 2015, the Global Cooperation and Training Framework (GCTF) was established to provide a platform through which Taiwan could contribute to global problem solving and share its expertise with partners across the region. |PR-2015|June 1, 2020|
Remarks by AIT Director W. Brent Christensen at the Taiwan-U.S. COVID-19 Prevention Cooperation Pres
I often describe the U.S.-Taiwan relationship with the phrase “Real Friends, Real Progress,” and I am honored to be here today to celebrate another milestone in U.S.-Taiwan cooperation, a new partnership between Temple University and Fu Jen Catholic University to build Modular, Adaptable, Convertible (“MAC”) hospital wards to help serve COVID-19 patients in the United ...
United States, Taiwan, and Japan Conclude the first Virtual GCTF Workshop on Combatting COVID-19 Dis
The American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) was pleased to co-host the first virtual Global Cooperation and Training Framework (vGCTF) workshop on Combatting COVID-19 Disinformation with Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Japan-Taiwan Exchange Association on April 29. In an effort to comply with Taiwan CDC recommendations on events and gatherings and to accommodate participants ...
Remarks by AIT Director W. Brent Christensen at the Virtual GCTF on Combatting COVID-19 Disinformati
Combating disinformation and containing a highly contagious virus are actually not so different. Both require an understanding of how the adversary operates, what mechanisms it uses to reproduce, and where it came from. |OT-2016|April 30, 2020
Remarks by AIT Director W. Brent Christensen at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Host
It is moments like this that give new meaning to U.S.-Taiwan relationship, which we describe in the expression: Real Friends, Real Progress. That is why Secretary of State Pompeo recently tweeted: During tough times, real friends stick together. |OT-2014|April 25, 2020
From our perspective, the “Taiwan Model” offers five key lessons for the world which can perhaps be summarized as the “Five Ts”: Transparency, Transportation Controls, Tracking, Testing, and Technology. Today, we could add a sixth T: Thermometers! |OT-2013|April 24, 2020
Taiwan’s response to COVID-19 has been more successful than any in the world according to nearly all available metrics. Despite its proximity to China and regular cross-Strait flows of travelers and commerce, Taiwan has thus far succeeded in controlling the spread of COVID-19. |OT-2012|April 24, 2020
On March 31, 2020, high-level officials representing the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), the U.S. Department of State, the Taiwan Economic and Cultural Representative Office (TECRO), and the Taiwan Ministry of Foreign Affairs convened for a virtual forum on expanding Taiwan’s participation on the global stage. |PR-2010|April 3, 2020
To further strengthen U.S.-Taiwan consultation and cooperation on combatting the COVID-19 virus, which originated in Wuhan, both sides will seek to share best practices and cooperate on a range of activities...|PR-2009|March 18, 2020
Remarks by AIT Director W. Brent Christensen at the Opening of “U.S.-Taiwan Relations Since 1979” Ex
We often talk about the U.S.-Taiwan partnership in very simple terms: Real Friends, Real Progress (真朋友，真進展). What does that mean? It means that the United States is a committed partner and a true friend to Taiwan; that our words match our deeds; that with us, what you see is what you get; and that the ...
All sectors of society – not just government – must work together to find innovative solutions to the pressing problem of disinformation and the manipulation of the truth by malign actors. |OT-2006| |February 20, 2020|
Strong societies benefit from real news; flawed governments traffic in fake news. The United States, Taiwan, and other democracies have great stories to tell. We benefit when people understand the truth. |OT-2004| |February 20, 2020|
Today I want to talk about our accomplishments over the past year; say a few words about the fourth Digital Dialogue theme: people-to-people ties; and provide a preview of our vision and activities for 2020. |OT-2001|January 17, 2020
Remarks by AIT Director W. Brent Christensen At Taiwan-USA Trade and Investment Networking Center Op
It is my honor to celebrate the opening of the Taiwan-USA Trade and Investment Networking Center. This Center is designed to be a one-stop, all-purpose platform to advise and assist Taiwan and American enterprises in expanding two-way trade and investment between the United States and Taiwan. |OT-1995|December 18, 2019
In the AIT@40 exhibition that we are here to open today, AIT has brought together documents, artifacts, interviews, hundreds of photos, and even augmented and virtual reality features to tell the story of AIT’s role in forging U.S.-Taiwan relations over the past 40 years. |OT-1994|December 17, 2019
Remarks by AIT Director W. Brent Christensen at the Grand Opening Ceremony of the 31st Taipei Buildi
To begin with, I would like to express my great appreciation to the show organizers for their continued support for AIT’s USA Pavilion at the Taipei Building Show. This is our 12th year in a row to organize a country pavilion. |OT-1993|December 12, 2019
Remarks by AIT Director W. Brent Christensen at the Global Environmental Education Partnership Asia-
Taiwan is correctly recognized among experts as one of the world’s most dedicated supporters of environmental education. We can all learn from Taiwan in this area, including the United States and your neighbors in Asia. |OT-1992|December 3, 2019
Over the last forty years, this relationship has continued to grow, and I am proud of the work that the United States and Taiwan are doing together to promote even stronger people-to-people ties. |OT-1991|November 22, 2019
The transformation of Taiwan, and of this relationship over the past 40 years has been remarkable. As we celebrate this important anniversary, we are also looking forward and focusing on even more ways to strengthen and broaden the U.S.-Taiwan relationship over the next 40 years and beyond. |OT-1990|November 21, 2019
Remarks by AIT Director W. Brent Christensen at GCTF Workshop on Good Energy Governance in the Indo-
The workshop builds on a long history of cooperation between the United States and Taiwan on energy issues. The U.S. Department of Energy conducts multiple technical exchanges with counterpart agencies in Taiwan. U.S. companies have also provided solutions to meet Taiwan’s energy needs. |OT-1989|November 20, 2019
U.S.-Taiwan startup cooperation is robust. For the last three years, we have been working together under the auspices of the U.S.-Taiwan SME Work Plan. |OT-1988|November 19, 2019
Remarks by AIT Director W. Brent Christensen at the Digital Dialogue Public Forum on U.S.-Taiwan Sec
Today’s forum focuses on a topic that has attracted a great deal of attention, not only in the United States and Taiwan, but also throughout the Indo-Pacific region and across the Strait: promoting U.S.-Taiwan security cooperation. |OT-1986| |November 7, 2019|
Remarks by AIT Director W. Brent Christensen at The Opening Session of the Taiwan-led part of the 20
As many have pointed out this week, this year marks the first time the United States and Taiwan have co-organized and co-hosted international cyber exercises. In doing so, our message to the world is this: Taiwan is not alone on cyber.|OT-1983|November 6, 2019
First of all, allow me to congratulate the Flight Safety Foundation on its 72nd Annual International Air Safety Summit. The Flight Safety Foundation has an impressive record of achievement in its ongoing effort to improve global aviation safety, and I am honored to be a part of this annual summit.|OT-1982|November 6, 2019
Remarks by AIT Director W. Brent Christensen at the Opening Session of the Talent Circulation Summit
The Talent Circulation Alliance is a public-private partnership that facilitates the circulation of talent between Taiwan and like-minded partners, with the goal of cultivating a deep pool of capable, internationally-integrated, and digitally savvy professionals.|OT-1981|November 5, 2019
AIT Director W. Brent Christensen joined TAITRA Chairman James Huang in leading a delegation to the Indo-Pacific Business Forum in Bangkok today. |PR-1957|November 4, 2019
Over the last six decades, Taiwan has gone from a largely agrarian society to a global technology powerhouse. This radical transformation has come about largely due to the forward-looking leadership in the Ministry of Science and Technology and its predecessors, the National Council on Science Development and the National Science Council. |OT-1979| |October 30, 2019|
I have said this before, but it’s worth repeating. Taiwan is a democratic role model, a reliable partner, and a force for good in the world. In addition, it’s also an amazing place to study Chinese. |OT-1978|October 28, 2019
Today, we are here to recognize the crews from 33 vessels, from 10 shipping companies, in Taiwan that participated in the United States Coast Guard-supported Amver program. The program exemplifies the ongoing close U.S.-Taiwan cooperation in maritime security and safety, and highlights Taiwan’s important contributions to the global community. |OT-1977|October 23, 2019
The experts at AVRDC are active in helping countries across the world deal with both scientific and market issues related to vegetables. The United States is happy to collaborate with AVRDC through the U.S. Agency for International Development as a project donor. |OT-1976|October 23, 2019
AIT Director Brent Christensen cordially invites you to a U.S. Citizen Town Hall in Kaohsiung on Wednesday, October 23, 2019 from 3:30-4:00 P.M. This is the fourth in a series of town halls hosted by Director Christensen around the island.
It is my great pleasure to be here today to help celebrate the grand opening of the newly expanded Microsoft AI Research and Development Center and Training Academy. In many ways, this center is the quintessential example of the strength and the future of the U.S.-Taiwan technology relationship. |OT-1971|September 27, 2019
It is my distinct honor to be here today at the SEMICON Taiwan trade show, Taiwan’s most important semiconductor event of the year. Semiconductors are the foundation of the digital economy, and Taiwan is the foundation of the global semiconductor industry. |OT-1969|September 18, 2019
Cyber defense and hacking for good are no longer optional, they are foundational for the future of free societies. I implore all of you to dedicate yourself to this mission. It is no exaggeration to say the world as we know it depends upon all of you doing so. |OT-1968|September 17, 2019
This important new forum is designed to formalize, regularize, and deepen cooperation between the United States and Taiwan on good governance issues. I believe that governments coordinate best when they meet regularly. |OT-1966|September 12, 2019
Opening Remarks by AIT Director W. Brent Christensen at the GCTF Workshop on Defending Democracy thr
Taiwan is also on the frontline of this battle and faces the same challenge, albeit from a more determined opponent. And as we all quickly discovered during last year’s workshop, both the United States and countries around the world have much to learn from Taiwan about how to marshal our academic, policy, and technical resources ...
In this exhibition, AIT has brought together documents, artifacts, interviews, hundreds of photos, and even augmented and virtual reality features to tell the story of AIT’s role in forging U.S.-Taiwan relations over the past 40 years. The exhibition shows the breadth and depth of the engagement between the U.S. and Taiwan have shared since 1979.|OT-1963|September ...
Over the past 40 years, we have not only observed Taiwan’s enthusiasm to pursue necessary platforms to ensure its self-defense, but also its evolving tenacity to develop its own indigenous defense industry. Today’s exhibition is a clear example of that. |OT-1960|August 15, 2019
I would like to emphasize that the U.S.-Taiwan security cooperation relationship – and our relationship writ large – is grounded in our fundamental shared values of human rights, freedom and democracy. |OT-1959|August 14, 2019
As part of this year’s AIT@40 celebration, we have designated 2019 as the “U.S.-Taiwan Travel Year,” which is also the specific theme of today’s event. Last year, U.S. and Taiwan travelers took more than one million trips between the two locations. | OT-1954 | July 8, 2019
On behalf of the United States and American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), I am proud to be here today to witness this historical moment and applaud the great work of U.S. and Taiwan scientists, engineers, and academics. When the United States and Taiwan put their minds together, great things happen. | OT-1948 | June 25, ...
The transformation of Taiwan, and of this relationship over the past 40 years has been remarkable. As we celebrate this important anniversary, we are also looking forward and focusing on how we can further strengthen and broaden the relationship over the next 40 years and beyond. | OT-1943 | June 20, 2019
Remarks by AIT Director W. Brent Christensen at Forum on Deepening Economic Ties in the Indo-Pacific
Remarks by AIT Director W. Brent Christensen at Forum on Deepening Economic Ties in the Indo-Pacific | OT-1941 | June 18, 2019
Remarks by Director W. Brent Christensen at the Welcome Dinner for SelectUSA Delegates, TECRO | OT-1940 | June 12, 2019
Remarks by AIT Director W. Brent Christensen at the Ceremonial Signing for the Tatan No. 8&9 Power Plant Project, GE Power and Taiwan Power Company | OT-1939 | June 11, 2019
Remarks by AIT Director W. Brent Christensen at the U.S.-Taiwan Business Forum | OT-1938 | June 10, 2019
On behalf of AIT and the American people, I am delighted to attend this event to unveil the new name plaque for Taiwan Council for U.S. Affairs (TCUSA). This change, which better reflects the day-to-day work of TCUSA, is an opportunity to highlight the promising future we are building together. | OT-1935 | June 6, ...
Remarks by AIT Director Christensen at Opening Ceremony of Applied Materials Display Manufacturing F
Applied Materials, which has been operating in Taiwan since 1989, is one of Taiwan’s largest foreign investors, employing 2,300 people. Their investment here is yet another sign that major U.S. technology companies continue to look to Taiwan as a critical link in their global technology supply chains. | OT-1934 | June 5, 2019
It is my great pleasure to be here today to open what may be the first of its kind anywhere in the world – a public forum to discuss the results of an artificial intelligence-enabled digital dialogue between a foreign mission and a local community on how to tackle a pressing foreign policy challenge – ...
I am very pleased to introduce the Special Advisor for Children’s Issues, Suzanne Lawrence, and the Taiwan Minister for Health and Welfare, Chen Shih-Chung. They have just concluded the first U.S.-Taiwan joint commission meeting to discuss International Parental Child Abduction. This meeting was the first product of a Memorandum of Understanding signed between AIT and ...
"As we celebrate this important anniversary, we are also looking forward and focusing on how we can further strengthen and broaden the relationship over the next 40 years and beyond." | OT-1930 | May 29, 2019
"Computex and Innovex demonstrate not only Taiwan at its best, but also underscore just how central Taiwan is to global technology supply chains." | OT-1928 | May 28, 2019
To help promote more academic and professional exchange, in cooperation with Fulbright Taiwan, AIT has recently launched the “Talent Circulation Alliance.” For decades, Taiwan has been one of our closest economic and commercial partners. | OT-1927 | May 24, 2019
“I am pleased to add AIT’s voice to that of MAPECT and many others in urging continued enhancements to Taiwan’s investment climate, particularly with regard to M&A and private equity.” - Remarks by AIT Director Brent Christensen at the Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity Council of Taiwan (MAPECT) at Taiwan Industrial M&A and Transformation ...
Remarks by AIT Director Brent Christensen at GCTF Workshop on Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis | OT-1925 | April 30, 2019
Join Director Christensen in Taichung on April 24th 2019 for a U.S. Citizen Town Hall and Consular S
AIT Director Brent Christensen cordially invites you to a U.S. citizen town hall in Taichung on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 from 10:30-11:30 am. This is the third in a series of town halls that Director Christensen will host around the island.
I believe that Taiwan has a natural and important role to play in helping promote a free and open Indo-Pacific region through economic ties, security, and also governance. | OT-1920E | April 16, 2019
Taiwan is a leader in East Asia when it comes to empowering women, and we are proud to call it one of our closest partners in this important area. | OT-1922E | April 16, 2019
Remarks by AIT Director Brent Christensen at TRA & AIT@40: Celebrating 40 Years of Friendship | OT-1916 | April 15, 2019
Remarks by AIT Director W. Brent Christensen at the conference on “Taiwan Relations Act @ 40 - Where We’ve Been, and What’s Next?” | OT-1915 | April 15, 2019
I look forward to advancing the many areas in which the United States and Taiwan have already found successful partnerships, and finding new ways to advance our shared values and interests. In particular, I look forward to conducting this work from our new AIT office in Neihu when we move in just a few short ...
This GCTF is the perfect event to showcase our shared values. It is also an opportunity to remind ourselves that democracies are not perfect, but must constantly strive for self-improvement. | OT-1912E | March 26, 2019
In this exhibition, AIT has brought together documents, artifacts, interviews, hundreds of photos, and even augmented and virtual reality features to tell the story of AIT’s role in forging U.S.-Taiwan relations over the past 40 years. | OT-1911E | March 21, 2019
Remarks by AIT Director Brent Christensen at 2019 AIC Innovation Forum and “Imagine That! Innovation
The AIC was jointly established by AIT and the Taiwan Design Center in 2014 to promote shared U.S.-Taiwan values of Innovation, Entrpreneruship, Digitalization, and Culture & Design, by offering technology, creativity, and design-themed programs to public audiences. Over the past five years, more than 98,000 people have visited the AIC or attended one of over ...
I would also note that good governance is one of the three pillars of the Trump Administration’s Indo-Pacific Strategy. | OT-1907E | March 19, 2019
Few places in the Indo-Pacific region, or worldwide for that matter, can claim to have given birth to religious organizations that have done so much to inspire the world and contribute to the common good beyond its own borders. | OT-1905 | March 11, 2019
“The 40thAnniversary of the Taiwan Relations Act And What That Means” - Remarks by AIT Director W. Brent Christensen at Stanford University on March 4, 2019
This year AIT celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Taiwan Relations Act and we have planned a series of events throughout the year focusing on different aspects of our partnership. February is science month and is dedicated to the 40 years of close cooperation between the United States and Taiwan in science and technology. | ...
AIT, in coordination with TECRO and MOFA, is launching a yearlong campaign called AIT@40. This campaign will celebrate forty years of friendship and partnership between the United States and Taiwan since the signing of the Taiwan Relations Act. | OT-1901E | February 1, 2019
AIT wishes you a happy and prosperous Year of the Pig!
When it comes to empowering women to not only participate in the political process, but to lead it, Taiwan truly stands out as a model to us all. | OT-1844E | December 10, 2018
I am particularly honored to help open the AIT@40 exhibition here in Kaohsiung… The U.S.-Taiwan relationship has a remarkable history, and we have come a long way together, as Taiwan developed into both a hi-tech economic powerhouse and also a highly successfully liberal democracy. | OT-1843E | November 29, 2018
We will also spend all of next year celebrating AIT and the Taiwan Relations Act’s 40’s anniversary. As part of this celebration of 40 years of U.S.-Taiwan friendship, we are announcing next year a “Travel Year.” | OT-1842E | November 23, 2018
The United States and Taiwan are natural partners for startups and entrepreneurship. Our Indo-Pacific Strategy calls for cooperation aimed at expanding opportunities on infrastructure, energy, and the digital economy. | OT-1841E | November 15, 2018
AIT Director Brent Christensen launches 2018 International Education Week with a new AIT Facebook student profile series featuring alumni from AIT’s local intern program and the AIT Youth Camp who have studied in the United States.
As we celebrate the 40th anniversary of this remarkable legislation, we will also be looking forward, focusing on how we can strengthen and broaden the relationship over the next 40 years – build upon our strong foundation a bright future.
I am very pleased to be here today to both mark Micron’s 40th anniversary and to celebrate the grand opening of their backend facility here in Taichung. As we all know, Micron is Taiwan’s largest foreign investor, creating more than 5,300 jobs, and they have been operating in Taiwan for 21 years. | OT-1836E | ...
AIT Director Christensen: “Taiwan is a world leader in a wide range of economic, social, health, education, and environmental areas. The United States recognizes that Taiwan has not only addressed many challenges in these areas but, more importantly, has the willingness to share its experiences as its neighbors address these same challenges…Likewise, the United States ...
This year’s theme was “Space and Earth.” At the close of the 48-hour event, Team Light Wonder won the first place cash award of NT$80,000. | PR-1837E | October 23, 2018
AIT Director Brent Christensen would like to invite you to a U.S. citizen town hall on Tuesday, October 30th from 7 - 8 pm at The Taipei American School (TAS).
The United States is grappling with the spread of disinformation, particularly as foreign actors seek to use social media to interfere in our elections, divide the American public, and undermine confidence in our democratic institutions. Taiwan is also on the frontlines, and we all have much to learn from Taiwan about how to marshal our ...
The GEC+ will explore how entrepreneurs can use artificial intelligence and the internet of things for social good. From our perspective, the theme of this event perfectly encapsulates some of the best the U.S.-Taiwan technology relationship has to offer. | OT-1828E | September 27, 2018
In the years ahead, as business relationships evolve in the Indo-Pacific region, I believe the role and importance of Taiwan businesses will continue to grow and expand around the world. | OT-1827E | September 25, 2018
The Private Equity Forum is part of an ongoing dialogue about the investment climate in Taiwan and part of the effort to raise awareness about the role of private equity in today’s economies. | OT-1825 E | September 14, 2018 |
As we look to the future, one important aspect of U.S.-Taiwan partnership will be our cooperation in developing the world’s emerging technologies, including smart cities and smart transportation. | OT-1823E | August 28, 2018
It is my honor to represent the United States as the new AIT Director, and I look forward to working closely with Taiwan to deepen our relationship. | OT-1822E | August 24, 2018
AIT Director Brent Christensen met with President Tsai Ing-wen for the first time since assuming duties as Director of the American Institute in Taiwan. | PR-1825E | August 23, 2018
AIT Director Christensen gives remarks at GCTF’s Transnational Crime and Forensic Science Workshop [
“I can’t think of a better, more important way to spend the coming years than to continue to strengthen the partnership and friendship between the United States and Taiwan… I believe that the United States and Taiwan not only have much to share with one another, but also have much to share with other countries ...
As we kick off this GCTF program, featuring 26 participants from 16 countries, I am positive that you will all come to see Taiwan as a hub of law enforcement expertise, a reliable partner, and a force for good in the world. | OT-1821E | August 14, 2018
William Brent Christensen Assumes Duties as Director of the American Institute in Taiwan | PR-1824 | August 11, 2018
Meet William Brent Christensen, the new Director of the American Institute in Taiwan [Video]
William Brent Christensen Announced as Director of the Taipei Office of the American Institute in Ta
The American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) is pleased to announce the selection of Mr. William Brent Christensen as the new Director of its Taipei office, succeeding Mr. Kin W. Moy, beginning summer 2018. | PR-1818 | June 27, 2018
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