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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