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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis was interviewed by Fox News host Laura Ingraham about new legislation he just signed.
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DeSantis told The Ingraham Angle that he has signed legislation that would block Chinese companies from buying massive amounts of property in Florida.
Ingraham expressed her concerns over foreign entities associated with the Chinese government purchasing huge amounts of land and real estate across the country.
“I don’t think they should be able to do it,” DeSantis responded. “I think the problem is these companies have ties to the CCP, and it’s not always apparent on the face of whatever a company is doing — but I think it’s a huge problem.”
DeSantis also mentioned that his administration has banned Chinese “Confucius Institutes”, which supposedly bring in propaganda created by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
“We’re also probably going to do legislation next legislative session about our pension investments, with things that may be linked to the CCP. We don’t necessarily have a lot of it, but we want to make sure that we’re cutting ties so that we’re not funding our number-one adversary.”
“You know, all the things that the elites told us to do with China over the years, most favored nation status, put them in the WTO. Oh, they will be just like us. They’ll be more democratic. It’s been the opposite. It’s empowered them. But then they’ve become more autocratic. And they’re now flexing their muscle more than they ever have in our lifetime,” DeSantis said.
Raging Americans reported:
Recent reports from the U.S. Department Of Agriculture revealed that private business entities from Mainland China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong are purchasing large amounts of existing homes and real estate in states like Florida and California.
The DoA report also revealed that in 2019, Chinese companies owned at least 192,000 acres of farmland nationwide worth more than $1.9 billion.
The state of Florida attracted the largest volume of foreign real estate purchases across the country and 58 percent of these Chinese investors made all-cash purchases.
Gov. DeSantis’s legislation requires companies to disclose donations worth more than $50,000 from seven specific “countries of concern” These countries include, China, Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Russia, Syria, and Venezuela.
Earlier this month, GOP Senators Marco Rubio and Kevin Kramer wrote a letter to the Biden administration demanding that officials review a Chinese company’s purchase of farmland in North Dakota. The land is only a few miles from a sensitive military base.
Fufeng Group, a Shandong, China-based company specializes in flavor enhancers and sugar substitutes. They recently purchased 300 acres of farmland near Grand Forks, North Dakota.
The location of the land is just down the road from a U.S. Air Force base that houses sensitive drone technology. Lawmakers are concerned about potential espionage.