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[ISN] Wolf Tells NASA To Cancel Chinese Visit to NASA Langley
By Frank Morring, Jr.
Aerospace Daily & Defense Report
March 06, 2013
Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.), chairman of the House Appropriations subcommittee that
funds NASA,, has demanded that the U.S. space agency revoke a reported
invitation to Chinese officials for an Earth-observation coordination
conference at Langley Research Center next week.
In a March 4 letter to Administrator Charles Bolden, Wolf said he has learned
that Chinese participants will be included in a meeting of the Committee on
Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS) strategic implementation team at Langley
Under a law drafted by Wolf, a frequent critic of Chinaâs human rights and
intelligence practices, NASA or the White House science office must certify to
Congress that there will be no national security threat from an upcoming
Chinese visit at least 14 days before the event.
Since the upcoming meeting falls within that limit, and there has apparently
been no such certification, Wolf says âhosting of any Chinese visitors would be
in clear violation of the law.
âAccordingly, I expect any participation by official Chinese visitors will be
promptly canceled,â he continued.
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