Opening Remarks by Under Secretary Keith Krach during Japan-U.S.-Brazil Exchange

Under Secretary Keith Krach
Japan-U.S.-Brazil Exchange

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Good morning. It’s a great honor to be here today to launch the first-ever Japan-U.S.-Brazil Exchange, or “JUSBE.”

Building on the ties between our peoples and governments, this new forum will allow our nations to work closely together to advance our shared values—values such as trust, transparency, respect for the rule of law, respect for property of all kinds, and respect for human rights.

Not all countries share these values. So it’s more important than ever for those of us who do to stand together.

Our nations are powerhouses in three separate regions of the world. There’s nothing we can’t accomplish if we work together to leverage our individual strengths into a collective force for good.

We have identified three pillars to form the basis of our trilateral cooperation:

  • strengthening policy coordination on priority regional issues;
  • pursuing market-oriented, resilient, shared economic prosperity;
  • and promoting strong, principled democratic governance.

We can pursue these pillars in relation to multiple distinct challenges.

For one, the COVID-19 pandemic calls for collective and coordinated action, and on behalf of the U.S., I reaffirm today our commitment to partnership in overcoming this crisis and shaping a new economic trajectory.

A new trajectory must include diversifying our supply chains away from China.

This carries both challenges and opportunities for each of our nations. So let’s help each other seize the day.

Another area of critical concern is 5G and technology security—which is under assault today by the People’s Republic of China and the Chinese Communist Party.

The United States has formed the Clean Network as a global solution to this crisis—and it’s important for all three of our nations to be Clean Network leaders in our respective regions.

The Clean Network already includes almost 50 countries, representing approximately 2/3rds of the world’s GDP, along with over 170 telcos and many of the world’s most powerful high-tech companies.

For now, suffice it to say, we see great potential in pursuing our common goals through this trilateral JUSBE framework.

I will continue engaging with each of you long after this meeting concludes, keeping in mind our desire for concrete results that pay dividends for each of our countries.

This launch event is just the first discussion of many more to come—and I look forward to hearing more from all of you.

Thank you.