WASHINGTON, Oct. 8 -- Rep. Frank R. Wolf, R-Va. (10th CD), issued the following news release:
Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA), chairman of the House Appropriations subcommittee that funds NASA, today released the following letter to Administrator Charles Bolden calling on NASA to correct misinformation circulated by the Ames Research Center that was reported in a recent article in The Guardian (http://www.theguardian.com/science/2013/oct/05/us-scientists-boycott-nasa-china-ban):
Administrator Charles F. Bolden, Jr.
300 E St SW Mailstop 9O42
Washington DC 20546
Dear Administrator Bolden:
Earlier this year, I invited you to meet with an impressive group of Chinese human rights activists in my office. I appreciated your willingness to sit with them and hear their stories. As you witnessed, to a person, each loved their country and were rightly proud of their heritage. But all sought fundamental change. They longed to live in a land where they could worship freely, speak openly and enjoy the basic protections of a constitution grounded in rule of law.
Their quarrel - and mine - is with the thin layer of leadership at the helm of the Chinese communist party that rules by fear and oppression. China's repression knows no boundaries: the government has been a major arms supplier and source of economic strength to the regime in Khartoum, Sudan, headed by an internationally indicted war criminal and architect of the genocide in Darfur. The Chinese people know that such leadership is destined for the ash heap of history, and they long for the U.S. government, to find common cause with the Chinese people not with those who persecute them.
Few in Congress have done more to advocate for the Chinese people than me.
As co-chairman of the House's bipartisan Human Rights Commission, I have worked closely with many victims of repression. I have spent hours with countless Chinese dissidents ranging from legal advocate Chen Guangcheng, who escaped from house arrest seeking asylum in the U.S. embassy, to Uyghur Muslim activist Rebiya Kadeer, herself a political dissident, to house church pastor and advocate Bob Fu, to former laogai prisoner Harry Wu. I have traveled to China to meet with human rights and religious freedom activists oppressed by Beijing. In 1997, I slipped into Tibet with a trekking group to meet with Buddhist monks and nuns living under the repressive watch of Chinese security agents. They showed me forbidden pictures of the Dalai Lama. In 2008, I returned to China the week before the start of the Olympics to meet with a group of activists and pastors - all but one was arrested on their way to the meeting.