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Gonzaga debate institute 2011 205 mercury politics

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Unformatted text preview: r 30 after the House of Representatives passed it. The bill included a clause which bans any China-US joint scientific research activities related to NASA or coordinated by the White House's Science Policy Office. Under the clause in the budget bill, none of the Congressapproved funds for the US government "may be used for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration or the Office of Science and Technology Policy to develop, design, plan, promulgate, implement, or execute a bilateral policy, program, order, or contract of any kind to participate, collaborate, or coordinate bilaterally in any way with China or any Chinese-owned company." It also applies the limitation "to any funds used to effectuate the hosting of official Chinese visitors at facilities belonging to or utilized" by NASA. As a result, Chinese journalists were denied the opportunity to make live coverage of the shuttle's blast-off, just as their peers from other countries have done. The Chinese journalists were also kept away from NASA's press conferences. Obviously, the "Wolf Clause" runs counter to the trend that both China and the United States are trying to push ahead their exchanges and cooperation in science and technology. John P.Holdren, director of the Science and Technology Policy Office of the White House, has told Xinhua that the cooperation on science and technology was one of the most dynamic fields in bilateral relations between China and the United States. The "Wolf Clause" exposed the anxiety of hawkish politicians in the United States over China's peaceful development in recent years, and it also demonstrated their shortsightedness to the whole world. The "Wolf Clause" was a result of compromise made by Obama to Republicans to avoid possible bankruptcy of the US government. It is also a concession between US Republicans and Democrats, but the "clause" will not in any way change the trend of the increasingly closer scientific and technological cooperation between China and the US. In fact, the "Wolf Clause" has incurred criticism, even from some US scientists. Richard Milner, director of Laboratory for Nuclear Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), thought China's contribution to the project was "crucial". The professor believed that the "Wolf Clause" was a "discriminative decision" and it would eventually hurt the US itself. As the unpopular clause came into effect, China's journalists became the first victims of the discriminative legislation by being turned away from the Kennedy Space Center. Although the clause will terminate as the fiscal year 2011 ends in September, Wolf seemed unreconciled and claimed he will work to extend the ban to next year. Today, while the Chinese and US governments are deepening their cooperation, Wolf acted against the trend with a cold war mentality. This is something that should raise the vigilance of peaceloving people in the world. Gonzaga Debate Institute 2011 203 Mercury Politics Coop – China – Unpopular – House – Wolf (R-VA) (1/3) Rep. Wolf hates China-U.S. cooperation over space and techno...
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