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Chinese Kicked out of America’s Endeavor Launch

Posted by w_thames_the_d on May 17, 2011

Here are excerpts from xinhua, one of the most highly controlled comunist media venues. In this, you can feel the angst meted against the US for not allowing Chinese press to visit the launch of Endeavor. To me this makes perfect sense. As the chinese increase their spying on the US they must then pay the price for their actions. Thus, if they are disallowed entry, then let it be a lesson to them. The funny thing is that Italy, for instance is not allowing unauthorized Chinese to visit their expo due to the prevalence of Chinese pirating and lack of respect for copyright laws. In reality, the Chinese need to step up to the plate and start doing their own work and quit sucking off the teat of those who understand innovation…

from xinhua

“WASHINGTON – US space shuttle Endeavor blasted off from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Monday, kicking off its 25th and the last space mission in history, which draws great attention from media worldwide…..The event, of course, is also catching the eyes of media and scientists in China because the shuttle carries the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer-2 (AMS) particle detector…..The 7,000-kg AMS worth 2 billion US dollars will be placed in the International Space Station (ISS) and an international team of more than 600 scientists, including many from China’s mainland and Taiwan… ,
Chinese journalists who hoped to cover the launching of Endeavor were simply denied entry to the site by a ban initiated by Frank Wolf, chairman of the Committee of Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies in the House of Representatives.
The United States’ National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) revoked the media passes granted to journalists from China due to the ban, or the “Wolf Clause”…
The bill included a clause which bans any China-US joint scientific research activities related to NASA or coordinated by the White House’s Science Policy Office.
Under the clause in the budget bill, none of the Congress-approved funds for the US government “may be used for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration or the Office of Science and Technology Policy 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.”
It also applies the limitation “to any funds used to effectuate the hosting of official Chinese visitors at facilities belonging to or utilized” by NASA.
As a result, Chinese journalists were denied the opportunity to make live coverage of the shuttle’s blast-off, just as their peers from other countries have done. The Chinese journalists were also kept away from NASA’s press conferences.

…..The “Wolf Clause” was a result of compromise made by Obama to Republicans to avoid possible bankruptcy of the US government.
…As the… clause came into effect, China’s journalists became the first victims of the discriminative legislation by being turned away from the Kennedy Space Center.

Although the clause will terminate as the fiscal year 2011 ends in September, Wolf seemed unreconciled and claimed he will work to extend the ban to next year.”

Wow it is news like this that makes me love America! Anything that gets uncle chicom so riled up, must be good for my country. ps. The chinese call it descriminatory, and maybe by their defintion it is. But then again it is also descriminator to not allow a thief to enter your house, but most of us would not allow it…

4 Responses to “Chinese Kicked out of America’s Endeavor Launch”

  1. gregorylent said

    cool, a post from an american 5mao memeber! #usausausa

  2. ha said

    Fk the bastards! Go usa!!!

  3. nulle said

    it is about time the Chinese were kicked out…how to see if we can apply this policy to every trade show, research conference, industry meetings…

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