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Congressional Republicans frustrated with the Office of Science and Technology Policy’s collaboration with China on many high profile, high technology projects have responded by slashing the Office of Science and Technology Policy’s budget by 32% or from $6.6 million to $4.5 million. The budgetary slash is not expected to result in the loss of personnel but will affect operational capacity in the short term. Collaborations with Chinese firms are still possible if they, “pose no risk … of transferring technology, data, or information with national security or economic security implications to China or a Chinese-owned company.” In addition, Congress must be given 14 days notice ahead of time concerning any planned collaboration along with detailed reports on what exactly it will entail.

 

[ScienceMag]