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Hearing: Wolf Vs NASA/OSTP on China

By Keith Cowing
October 25, 2011
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Hearing: Efforts to Transfer America’s Leading Edge Science to China
“Panel I
– Rep. Frank Wolf
– Thomas Armstrong, Managing Associate General Counsel, GAO
– John Holdren, OSTP Director
– Charles Bolden, NASA Administrator
Panel II
– Rick Fisher, Senior Fellow, International Assessment and Strategy Center
– Elizabeth Economy, Ph. D., Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations”

Office of Science and Technology Policy–Bilateral Activities with China, October 11, 2011
“Section 1340 prohibits OSTP from engaging in bilateral activities with the government of the People’s Republic of China or Chinese-owned companies unless specifically authorized. Because OSTP was prohibited from using appropriated funds to participate in the Innovation Dialogue and the S&ED, OSTP violated the Antideficiency Act.”
GAO: With China dialogues, WH violated, Washington Examiner
“Rick Weiss, an OSTP senior analyst and director of Strategic Communications for OSTP, said that White House OLC opinions take precedence over those of the GAO.”
Keith’s note: No doubt, amidst all of his arm waving, full-time, chronic China hater Frank Wolf will come within an inch of hinting that Bolden, Holdren et al are somehow traitors for implementing official Administration policy when in fact they were conducting the same sort of official diplomatic and trade activities that countless other U.S. representatives do on a daily basis in a broad variety of areas. The title of this hearing is quite revealing: “Efforts to Transfer America’s Leading Edge Science to China”. Wolf has already made up his mind – he just wants to point his finger at someone. Newsflash: Two iPads made in China will be flying to the ISS on a Russian Progress cargo freighter soon. There are already Chinese-manufactured Lenovo laptops up there – maybe Rep. Wolf should order a halt to this too and order that these tainted goods be banned as well.
NASA Astronaut Andy Thomas is Still Bashing China On The Job, earlier post
Video: China Uses “America The Beautiful” on Their Space Station Propaganda, earlier post
Bolden is “Rooting” For Chinese Success in Space, earlier post
Frank Wolf Doesn’t Like China, earlier post
White House Was Against Bolden’s China Trip Before They Were For It, earlier post
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