October 12, 2010
WASHINGTON — Congressman Wolf, a staunch advocate of human rights in China, recently wrote two letters to NASA administrator Charles Bolden voicing his opposition to Bolden’s planned trip to China. The trip is meant to open a dialogue between the two countries regarding cooperation in human space flight.
According to Wolf, “There is no clearer indication of the gulf that exists between our two countries than the Chinese government’s treatment of its own people.”
Wolf points out China’s disregard for religious and human rights, particularly the recent oppression of the wife of imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize winner, activist Liu Xiaobo. He says, “This deplorable but utterly predictable response from one of the world’s worst human rights abusers does not deserve to be rewarded with greater ‘cooperation with the U.S.”
Congressman Wolf is the ranking Republican on the Commerce-Justice-Science appropriations subcommittee, which has jurisdiction over NASA programs.
Read the correspondence below:
October 5, 2010 – Wolf’s first letter
October 8, 2010 – Bolden’s response
October 12, 2010 – Wolf’s second letter
ChinaAid applauds Congressman Wolf’s tireless advocacy of persecuted Christians and his concern for the state of human rights in China. We pray Christians worldwide will urge their local and central authorities to show similar concern and take action to help the oppressed.