Today, Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) sent a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, opposing the Obama Administration's intention to give licenses to US companies to sell advanced space technology to a Chinese state controlled company. In the letter, Rep. Rohrabacher writes:
"The State Department will grant an export license for a deal between Space Systems/Loral and AsiaSat, a company owned in part by state-owned China International Trust and Investment Corporation. I believe granting such a license ignores two U.S. laws prohibiting space cooperation with China.
"An intelligence report produced by the National Air and Space Intelligence Center has stated that AsiaSat satellites have been used by the People's Liberation Army for military-related communications Any cooperation between American aerospace firms and Chinese entities will inevitably improve Chinese military capabilities."
"The Chinese Communist Party is a gangster regime; it steals American jobs through a range of unfair trade practices as well as outright theft," said Rohrabacher.
An unclassified report by the National Counterintelligence Executive states, "Chinese actors are the world's most active and persistent perpetrators of economic espionage." Additionally, China has a long track record of violating US export laws to benefit their military. The Congressionally mandated US-China Economic and Security Review Commission found in their 2011 report that there was "Chinese state-level involvement" in cyber economic espionage and that "expert testimony to the Commission explained and contextualized China's strategy" to use such information "to achieve military objectives."
"The Chinese Communist Party should not be the recipient of advanced US technology," said Congressman Rohrabacher, "they continuously take advantage of our open export policies and now is the time to start addressing the threat and to stop closing our eyes to it."