Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis spoke with Fox News host Laura Ingraham about efforts to sever ties with China and growing concern over the communist country’s purchase of American real estate — worth $6.1 billion in Chinese. Investors only bought in last year.
DeSantis featured on Friday’s “The Ingraham Angle.” segment To talk about a range of topics, including Florida from “freedom and prosperity” to a “safe state” and Biden’s “war on energy” with oil prices.
Ingraham then turned the governor’s attention to China, a problem that Fox News described as China “taking away” American land, both residential and agricultural.
Chinese investors, including those from Taiwan and Hong Kong, made record purchases. 6.1 billion dollars in US real estate in the past year ending in March. Over the past decade, Chinese nationals have made up the largest group of foreign real estate buyers in the U.S., with more than $188 billion.
DeSantis began by explaining that it’s “not always apparent” what Chinese companies are doing in the U.S., and that, he said, “is a huge problem — their influence.”
The Chinese tech giant Huawei Technologies Co. has sold billions worth of telecommunications equipment to the US and is now thought to be worth it. Potentially disruptive US nuclear weapons communications, as reported by the FBI.
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Despite efforts by Congress to divert Chinese-made Huawei and ZTE cellular technology to rural America by approving a $1.9 billion budget for the purpose, the companies have yet to receive federal payments and about 24,000 None of the devices have been removed. .
This is believed to be a potentially devastating national security issue, adding to growing suspicions of Chinese investments — namely real estate and tech equipment — as having espionage roots.
For example, the Chinese company Fufeng Group also bought 300 acres In July Dakota Farmland, a property about 20 minutes from Grand Forks Air Force Base, specializes in military drone technology.
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In 2017, the Chinese government offered to build one $100 million Chinese garden at the National Arboretum in Washington, D.C., under the condition that its construction materials be shipped in diplomatic pouches and exempt from U.S. Customs examination.
Federal officials have kept a close watch on Chinese land purchases, particularly in close proximity to military and government installations, even as the Chinese government strongly denies allegations of espionage.
DeSantis also added that during his tenure he has signed legislation “to curb the undue influence of rogue states including [Chinese Communist Party]”
One such example is the ban on Confucian institutions in his home state.
“They tried to get into higher education and they tried to spread propaganda,” he says, citing the strong influence of Confucianism on Asian values.
DeSantis is considered the presumptive Republican presidential candidate for the 2024 election, setting a record. $111 million For his re-election campaign. The Governor of the Sunshine State has won widespread popularity for himself. Conservative stance On the Covid shutdown, vaccines and competition with China, which he calls America’s “number one adversary.”