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"I miss an important space agency in this panel. Where is China?" Attendees at a plenary of the ongoing weeklong International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Washington brought the question atop the panel voting system and demanded an answer.


The crowd-sourced question popped up after the audience found that Wu Yanhua, vice administrator of China National Space Administration (CNSA) scheduled to speak at the IAC kickoff event on Monday with officials from five other national space agencies, was conspicuously absent.




Pascale Ehrenfreund, the incoming president of International Astronautical Federation (IAF), which is IAC's organizer, attributed Wu's no-show to "time conflict," but some attendees at the meeting hinted at "visa problem."




The difficulty for Chinese scientists in obtaining a U.S. visa has been an issue of concern for a while. At a press conference last Sunday, the IAC organizing committee co-chair Vincent Boles said they started working with the U.S. State Department 18 months ago to ensure timely grant of visas for attendees. But such efforts seemed to be of little avail.


QHYCCD, an astronomical camera maker, is among a small number of Chinese companies that made it to this year's IAC exhibit hall. Bi Tingting, the startup's sales manager, told Xinhua all technicians with her company had failed to get a U.S. visa.



China has always been an active participant in the conference which championed international collaboration in space exploration. At IAC 2018 in Bremen, Germany, China Aerospace Science & Technology Corporation and China Aerospace Science & Industry Corp, two rocket-making giants, made quite an impact when they showcased their latest technologies, but they didn't appear at the ongoing Washington conference either.



At the opening ceremony, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence claimed that his country would only "work closely with like-minded, freedom-loving nations, as we lead mankind into the final frontier."


Pence's apparent attempt to politicize science collaboration is not welcome even in the United States. About 200 people from the country's astronautical community signed a letter condemning the inclusion of Pence at the opening ceremony. They considered his attendance at odds with the IAC's mission of global collaboration.



"Why not work with China on the 'international' Gateway (a U.S. moon-orbiting lab to be built) like we have with Russia for decades?" "If international collaboration is dependent on being 'freedom-loving,' who should decide on what level of 'freedom-loving' is sufficient?" Those two questions from the audience were also spotlighted in the voting system on Monday.




I saw the news in media reports. After timely checking with the China National Space Administration (CNSA), we have confirmed that the reason for the Chinese delegation's absence from the IAC is that the US side did not issue them visas in time. 


As is well known, the IAC is a major event in the space sector held by the International Astronautical Federation (IAF), the International Academy of Astronautics and the International Institute of Space Law. Known as the Olympics in the space sector, the IAC is attended annually by thousands of government officials, entrepreneurs and scientists all over the world. As a supporter for multilateral space cooperation, China has been a major participant in the IAC that sends a delegation to the congress every year. 


China submitted a preliminary list of delegates attending the IAC to the US in July, three months ahead of the event. On October 12, the CNSA delegation went to the US embassy in China for visa interviews. However, the head of delegation was not issued a US visa when the IAC opened. That's why the Chinese delegation could not attend the opening ceremony, the heads of agency forum and other important events. That's the cause of the trending topic "IAC without China" that you mentioned. More than 1,000 attendees baffled by this brought the question "I miss an important space agency in this panel. Where is China?" atop the panel voting system via their smart-phones. The picture showing this question on a big screen at the IAC venue came out, drawing much attention in the international community. 


As I understand, among those who did not obtain US visas are the incumbent IAF Vice President, Vice President of the China Aerospace Science & Technology Corporation, IAF electoral committee member and Secretary-General of the Chinese Society of Astronautics. 


You may know that US Vice President Mike Pence delivered remarks at the opening ceremony. Interestingly, instead of announcing anything new in US space policy or international cooperation, he declared US-led international space cooperation with "like-minded, freedom-loving nations". His remarks with strong political implication found a repulsed audience who see this as something against the IAF purpose that calls for international cooperation. 


As a matter of fact, this case involving CNSA is only a tip of the iceberg. As we recently stated, the US has for some time been denying visas to, delaying processing visa applications of and revoking long-term visas for Chinese scholars, students, entrepreneurs and scientists as well as searching and harassing them. Such obstruction in normal people-to-people and cultural exchange between China and the US infringes upon Chinese personnel's security and lawful rights and interests.


Besides, you may also noticed reports on the US denying visas to Russian and Iranian delegates to the 74th UNGA, which is a violation of the 1947 Agreement Between the United Nations and the United States Regarding the Headquarters of the United Nations.  


The US is weaponizing visa in defiance of its international responsibilities and obligations. Its obstruction of normal exchange and cooperation has harmed the legitimate and lawful rights and interests of relevant parties of the international community. We urge the US to do some earnest self-reflection and correction. 





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