Florida Amps Up Efforts To Stop China Stateside Land Buying

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Governor Ron DeSantis speaking with attendees at the 2021 Student Action Summit hosted by Turning Point USA at the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, Florida. (Gage Skidmore/Wikicommons)

January 10, 2023

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is looking into banning China from purchasing any property in the state, including farmland, according to Florida Voice. The move reportedly comes after DeSantis signed an executive order in September 2022, preventing the Chinese Communist Party from obtaining Floridians’ private information. 

Florida Voice editor-in-chief Brendon Leslie recently tweeted that, according to his sources, DeSantis will be looking into the ban.

The news comes after DeSantis spoke about announcing the legislation during a September “Stop CCP” Influence conference, saying that the CCP often purchases American land for more than it is worth, which makes the acquisition more attractive to sellers. 

“From a national security perspective, is that something that we wanna see?” he asked. “And a lot of times, there’ll be companies that will put themselves out as private, but if you peel back the onion a little bit, they’re basically controlled by the [CCP],” he added.

(READ MORE: Increased Foreign Ownership of U.S. Land Poses National Security Risks)

He reportedly announced the legislation for the next session to include banning land purchases near military bases.

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DeSantis also took additional steps to prevent CCP cyber attacks against Florida and its residents. In September, DeSantis issued a cybersecurity executive order that ensures that “commodities and services used by state and local governments are not susceptible to exploitation by foreign countries.”

The motion includes a crackdown on five other foreign nations posing cyber security risks to Florida and the U.S., including Russia, Iran, North Korea, Cuba, and Venezuela.  

Meanwhile, Axios reports that TikTok’s future to remain in operation in the U.S. is shaky. U.S. lawmakers consider a full TikTok ban because of the app’s China-based owner ByteDance. A possible stiff TikTok policy signals national efforts to prevent CCP interference in the U.S. 

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