Summary: The National Space Transportation Policy is the official guidance document issued by the President in 2013. It contains one key gap, created by Congress in 2011: a ban on cooperation with China.
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About "China Space Coop"
The National Space Transportation Policy is the official guidance document issued by the President in 2013. It contains one key gap, created by Congress in 2011: a ban on cooperation with China. That year, Congress attached an amendment to a bill that is still binding law today: The US federal government is banned from cooperating with China on our space program. China has offered and said it would welcome US cooperation, but NASA is legally required to decline. This is a bad policy for several reasons.
First, cooperation would strengthen US national security by giving China a bigger stake in the stability of the environment of space, reducing the risk that they would start hostilities in that area. It would also strengthen US security by giving us a better window on China’s capabilities and intentions in space, which could go a long way toward easing tensions and reducing the risk of war.
Second, advancing space cooperation would help lead to new technologies with global economic benefits. Everyone in the world could have their quality of life improved if we cooperate instead of competing.
Negatives will argue that China only wants to cooperate with us because their technology is so far behind ours and they simply want to copy it. They have nothing to add to our space programs, other than intellectual property theft and security risk. If China gains better space technology, they’ll use it against us. We’re better off with the Status Quo.
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