(AmericanProsperity.com) – Republican Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed multiple legislations on Monday that will formally ban Chinese citizens from buying land in the state. According to a news release, DeSantis signed measures SB 264, SB 846, and SB 258 into law, pointing out he had previously urged his state legislature to intensify its efforts to fight industrial espionage and higher education deception committed by the Chinese Communist Party and its agents.
SB 264, which is also known as the Interests of Foreign Countries Act, officially restricts the conveyance of agricultural lands and other real estate interests to foreign principals, such as the People’s Republic of China and other entities and people connected to the nation. It also forbids governmental organizations from entering into contracts with foreign nations and entities of concern.
In accordance with SB 864, which is titled Agreements of Educational Entities with Foreign Entities, universities, and state colleges, as well as their employees and agents, are prohibited from taking gifts “in their official capacities” from a university or institution located in a problematic foreign country. Additionally, the state’s Department of Management Services will be obligated under SB 258 “to create a list” of programs that should not be used that are owned by foreign principals or nations that should be avoided, such as China and Russia.
In a statement, DeSantis said that his state is now taking action to stand against the Chinese regime, which he described as the biggest geopolitical threat that the United States is currently facing. He also said he feels proud to sign this bill to stop the purchase of land and farmland near US critical infrastructure and military bases by China’s agents. He added this bill will stop sensitive digital information from being stored in Beijing and will stop the Chinese Communist Party’s influence in the American education system.
DeSantis’ decision comes at a moment when Florida lawmakers have passed numerous measures targeting US geopolitical foes, including Cuba, North Korea, Russia, Iran, Venezuela, and Syria.
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