[ISN] Congress Bans Scientific Collaboration with China, Cites High Espionage Risks

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_private>
Date: Mon, 9 May 2011 03:05:57 -0500 (CDT)

By William Pentland
Clean Beta
May 7, 2011

A two-sentence clause included in the U.S. spending bill approved by 
Congress a few weeks ago threatens to reverse more than three decades of 
constructive U.S. engagement with the People’s Republic of China.

The clause prohibits the White House Office of Science and Technology 
Policy (OSTP) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration 
(NASA) from coordinating any joint scientific activity with China.

Representative Frank Wolf (R-VA), a long-time critic of the Chinese 
government who chairs a House spending committee that oversees several 
science agencies, inserted the language into the spending legislation to 
prevent NASA or OSTP from using federal funds “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.”

By prohibiting the OSTP from working with China, Wolf claims the ban 
will bear on “the entire bilateral relationship on science and 


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