China Visit? Not So Fast, Mr. Administrator…

Posted: October 7, 2010 in Uncategorized
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Smile and Wave Boys, Smile and Wave

 

Space News reports the NASA Administrator’s proposed visit to China this month for talks regarding possible human spaceflight cooperation has prompted Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.) to request an advance Congressional briefing on the trip.

“Specifically, please provide a summary of information about the U.S. human spaceflight program that will be provided to the Chinese government, including non-public technical, operational or strategic information,” Wolf wrote. “I would appreciate a detailed list of the NASA facilities that Chinese officials will be invited to visit, including a summary of the security precautions that will be put in place to protect sensitive spaceflight information.”

Wolf is no China fanboy and is strongly disinclined to build a human spaceflight partnership with them.

“It should go without saying that NASA has no business cooperating with the Chinese regime on human spaceflight,” Wolf wrote. “China is taking an increasingly aggressive posture globally, and their interests rarely intersect with ours. The U.S. intelligence community notes that China’s attempts to spy on U.S. agencies are the most aggressive of all foreign intelligence organizations. China’s aerospace industry for decades has provided missile technologies and equipment to rogue regimes like Iran and North Korea.”

NASA’s take is that any engagement is merely consistent with the new National Space Policy call for increased international cooperation and outreach.   Hughes, Loral, and Boeing were not available for comment.

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