Wolfs clause imperils some of administrations china

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Unformatted text preview: logy Robertson, China staff journalist for the Epoch Times, 6/15/2011 (Matthew, “Wolf’s Clause Imperils (Some of) Administration’s China Plans”, The Epoch Times,, accessed 6/28/11) EK WASHINGTON—Two Chinese journalists were supposed to watch the U.S. space shuttle Endeavour take off from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida in mid-May. The shuttle was using the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer-2 particle detector, a component developed by Chinese scientist Samuel Ting, and their story would have made useful provender for China’s state media apparatus. But they were turned away at the gates. It was the doing of Rep. Frank Wolf, a long-term critic of the CCP, after he became chairman of the House Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations Subcommittee in January. The language he inserted into the spending bill for those agencies in April prevents NASA and the White House's Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) from using federal funds. The agencies are not allowed 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.” Additionally, it prevents NASA from hosting "official Chinese visitors." The U.S. has no business cooperating with the PLA to help develop its space program. —Frank Wolf, Chairman of the House Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations Subcommittee “I think the Chinese are shocked,” said one of Wolf’s staffer’s in a telephone interview, responding to the Xinhua counterattack. “They're so used to the administration caving to them and bending over backward. I think they’re truly taken aback that this policy was put in place.” The clause is part of a larger debate about how the United States should deal with a Chinese communist regime that, while gathering ever more glo, engages in state-sanctioned human rights abuses, technology theft, and persistent cyberwarfare against the U.S. government and American companies. While none of that is new to Rep. Frank Wolf, the straw that broke the camel’s back was the suggestion by the Obama administration—first made when the president went to Beijing in November 2009, and reiterated when Chairman of the Communist Party Hu Jintao visited Washington in January— that the United States cooperate with China in human space flight. Wolf made his position clear in his testimony to the U.S.-China Commission in May: “The U.S. has no business cooperating with the PLA to help develop its space program.” Cooperation with China on human space flight, would, according to Richard Fisher, an analyst and author on the Chinese military, “In essence … constitute a free transfer of technology.” The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) leads China’s space efforts, and there is no real difference between China’s military and civil space programs, experts say. Wolf thus asserts, “There is no reason to believe that the PLA’s space program will be any more benig...
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