Naturally. Because we don't want to be hitching rides to orbit with the Russians ALL of the time:
The United States should include [Red] China in its human space projects or face being left out of new ventures to send people beyond the International Space Station, NASA chief Charles Bolden said on Monday.
Takes on a whole different connotation when you remember that Barack Obama killed the U.S. manned space program six years ago. As if overt kowtowing to the ChiComms wasn't humiliating enough.
Since 2011, the U.S. space agency has been banned by Congress from collaborating with [Red] China, due to human rights issues and national security concerns.
Well, since Beijing already has every U.S. national security secret we ever had already, that latter factor can probably be dispensed with. Which was undoubtedly another reason for it.
[Red] China is not a member of the fifteen-nation partnership that owns and operates the station, a permanently staffed research laboratory that flies about 250 miles (400 km) above Earth, but Bolden says working [Red] China will be necessary in the future.
Looks like they're going to be now.
But take another look at how pathetically weak this statement makes us look - and remember that Barack Obama thinks this is a GOOD thing:
"The reason I think that where we are today is temporary is because of a practical statement that we will find ourselves on the outside looking in, because everybody ... who has any hope of a human spaceflight programme ... will go to whoever will fly their people," Bolden said. [emphasis added]
We used to fly our own people to space, thank you very much. And then Barack Obama terminated that capability. So who's responsible for us finding ourselves "on the outside looking in"? And that's being cited in turn, as reason and justification for begging the ChiComms for rides to space in addition to the Russians.
Leave it to The One to lend a poisonous connotation to the phrase, "Where no man has gone before". Or in this case, malevolent pussy.