China criticises US space agency over 'discrimination'
BEIJING (AFP) - Beijing on Wednesday criticised the US space agency Nasa for what it termed "discriminative action" over a decision to exclude Chinese from a forthcoming science conference in the United States.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa) has announced that Chinese nationals will not be permitted to enter the Second Kepler Science Conference on exoplanets at California's Ames Research Centre in November.
The decision sparked criticism by some prominent US astronomers. It also led the US congressman who wrote the law on which the restriction was based to call the decision "inaccurate".
In Beijing, Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said she was aware of reports on Nasa's decision.