U.S. Appropriations Bill Prohibits NASA from Working with China

May 11, 2011 at 9:46 am | Posted in Space Law Current Events | Leave a comment

by Sara M. Langston with the blog faculty

Source: Discovery News

As noted by Forbes blogger William Pentland last week, and reported by the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s (AAAS) Science Insider blog in April, a clause included in the U.S. spending bill approved by Congress to avert a government shutdown a few weeks ago has prohibited NASA from coordinating any joint scientific activity with China. The clause also extends to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP).

The short two sentence clause was included by Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA) to prevent NASA and 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.” This clause would also prevent NASA facilities from hosting “official Chinese visitors.” [Fully story]

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