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Friday, October 16, 2009

Gertz: Obama Loosens Missile Technology Controls to China

Drudge linked to this Washington Times story by defense maven Bill Gertz:

EXCLUSIVE: Obama loosens missile technology controls to China

Bill Gertz

President Obama recently shifted authority for approving sales to China of missile and space technology from the White House to the Commerce Department -- a move critics say will loosen export controls and potentially benefit Chinese missile development.

The president issued a little-noticed "presidential determination" Sept. 29 that delegated authority for determining whether missile and space exports should be approved for China to Commerce Secretary Gary Locke.

Commerce officials say the shift will not cause controls to be loosened in regards to the export of missile and space technology.

Eugene Cottilli, a spokesman for Commerce's Bureau of Industry and Security, said under new policy the U.S. government will rigorously monitor all sensitive exports to China.

The presidential notice alters a key provision of the 1999 Defense Authorization Act that required that the president notify Congress whether a transfer of missile and space technology to China would harm the U.S. space-launch industry or help China's missile programs.

The law was passed after a late-1990s scandal involving the U.S. companies Space Systems/Loral and Hughes Electronics Corp.

Both companies improperly shared technology with China and were fined $20 million and $32 million, respectively, by the State Department after a U.S. government investigation concluded that their know-how was used to improve China's long-range nuclear missiles.

Section 1512 of the 1999 law requires the president to certify to Congress in advance of any missile equipment or technology exports to China that the export will not harm the U.S. space-launch industry and that "missile equipment or technology, including any indirect technical benefit that could be derived from such export, will not measurably improve the missile or space launch capabilities of the People's Republic of China."

The new policy appears aimed at increasing U.S.-China space cooperation, which has been limited since the Loral and Hughes case. It follows the Chinese military's test of an anti-satellite missile that produced potentially dangerous space junk after the missile destroyed a Chinese weather satellite in a January 2007 test.

Henry Sokolski, director of the Nonproliferation Policy Education Center, said restoring Commerce Department control over the sensitive experts is a "step backward."

"It's as though Commerce's mishandling of missile-tech transfers to China in the 1990s never happened," said Mr. Sokolski, a former Pentagon proliferation specialist. "But it did. As a result, we are now facing much more accurate, reliable missiles from China."

Mr. Sokolski said he expects the U.S. government under the new policy to again boost Chinese military modernization through "whatever renewed 'benign' missile technology" is approved.

"It was foolish for us to do this in the 1990s and is even more dangerous for us to do now," he said.

Gary Milhollin, director of the Wisconsin Project on Nuclear Arms Control, which monitors export control policies, said he was surprised by the decision to shift responsibility back to Commerce -- a change that Presidents Clinton and George W. Bush did not make.

"It is shocking that it would be delegated to the secretary of commerce, whose job it is to promote trade, rather than to the secretary of state or the secretary of defense, who have far more knowledge and responsibility within their organizations for missile technology," Mr. Milhollin said...

Read the rest.

Fortunately, it's not like the Chinese President:

- is announcing that "China was willing to exert joint efforts with Russia and take the opportunities to further enhance political mutual trust, deepen pragmatic cooperation, especially cooperation on energy, high technology and culture, to elevate the China-Russia strategic partnership of coordination to a new high", along with
- issuing joint communiques, and
- entering related energy and other agreements

with the neo-Bolsheviks:

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao (R Front) shakes hands with Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin (L Front) after signing the joint communique of the 14th regular prime ministers' talks between China and Russia, at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, Oct. 13, 2009. (Xinhua/Xie Huanchi)

Anyone else care for a little 'duck and cover'?


Blogger sofa said...

Eastern Europe to the russians.
Missile technology to the chinese and whoever they sell it to.
Pull the rug from under world finance. Erode the rule of law.

What else can be done to destroy america and the west?

Stay tuned, and see what pieces they pull out of the Jenga puzzle next.

October 16, 2009 at 12:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm not sure why you are posting this. The proper amount of technology export control in a free land is NONE. The correct limits on which weapons the citizenry may keep and bear is NONE. Any belief to the contrary -- especially during wartime -- is gun control.

US Government work product is supposed to be copyright-free, to expand the public domain as payoff on the tax "investment", but I don't see missile system blueprints at the government printing office. Maybe the Chinese will sell American missile technology back to the American citizens.

October 17, 2009 at 6:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe we could loosen Blackwall Tire Technology so their missile carriers wouldn't look like the mid-1950's when they're on parade. Or some Spinner Rim Technology. "Wanna be a balla, shot calla twenty inch blades on the Missile launcha.."

Remember the good old days when liberals howled about the evil of the US doing business with China because of their human rights record? I think China solved that problem by purchasing the Democratic Party while Clinton was in office.


October 17, 2009 at 3:28 PM  
Blogger sofa said...

Free trade does not include giving your enemies the means to destroy you. That has a different name: suicide.

October 19, 2009 at 1:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Free trade does not include giving your enemies the means to destroy you."

Deciding when something is an "enemy" is a complicated ethical problem, informed by Just War theory. Something is an "enemy" when it is within your borders, bombing your goat herders and weddings, building castles and walled towns and making every appearance to conquer you. If the USA stopped being colonial, it would have no enemies. It would have competitors, but this is different, and does not merit a military response.

Gun control is wrong for individuals, and it is wrong for groups of individuals. A missile-launching button placed under a fingertip does not make a human being turn into a raving homicidal maniac. While there do exist raving homicidal maniacs, the solution is to lock them up, not to disarm innocent third parties.

October 20, 2009 at 4:45 PM  
Blogger Concerned American said...

The Chicoms have killed 70 million plus human beings since the 1920s.

Does that qualify as "raving homicidal maniacs" to you?

It sure as sh*t does for me.

Please read this book and consider what you are saying in light of its information.

October 20, 2009 at 8:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"The Chicoms have killed 70 million plus human beings since the 1920s.

Does that qualify as "raving homicidal maniacs" to you?

That is racial prejudice: 'All humans within China's borders have identical values, beliefs, goals, and behaviors. They are all collectively guilty of politics, and they all deserve collective punishment.' Similarly, all Americans are identical and equally guilty of political intent. There are no such distinctions as Republicans, small-r republicans, Democrats, liberals, LEO, conservative Christians, constitutional restorationists, threepers, Oath Keepers, veterans, libertarian minarchists, or libertarian anarchists. All Americans deserve to be forcibly blockaded from buying Chinese military technology because of their government's record of constant imperial wars. And so on.

The truth is that some people masterminded these wars and genocides, some people cheered it on knowing how it worked, some people cheered it on because they were useful idiots, some people had to go along to survive, and some people were victims. Human capacity for doublethink and the complexity of a modern economy being what it is, these categories overlapped. It takes a trial with an untampered jury to even begin to pick apart what an individual person's motives were. When the troops are not massing at your border and the landing crafts are not steaming towards your beaches, the jury trial standard is what justice demands. If you are too pressed to do that, then the next fallback positions of decreasing due process are capture or assassination of individual masterminds, decapitating strikes, and so on. Otherwise, you are agreeing that the 9/11 murder of thousands, without any examination of their individual attitudes towards American colonialism in the Middle East, was a morally valid military attack.

Please consider the Golden rule. Imagine if a future American government killed 70 million Americans. Would you then be arguing for gun control to keep weapons out of the hands of Americans?

October 21, 2009 at 11:30 AM  

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