State BANS Chinese Nationals From Owning Land – Controversial or Necessary?

( – Governor Ron DeSantis recently passed a bill in Florida that would ban Chinese nationals from owning land in the Sunshine State. The bill doesn’t ban all Chinese nationals from owning land within Florida, but only those who aren’t U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

The bill in question also bans other countries considered “concerning” in regards to owning land within ten miles of critical infrastructure such as power plants or military installations. Among these other blacklisted nations are Russia, Iran, North Korea, Cuba, Venezuela, and Syria. While the bill was considered somewhat controversial, it comes just months after an international incident between the U.S. and China, in which the U.S. caught China doing surveillance through the use of the now infamous “spy balloons.”

DeSantis’ passage of legislation that seeks to limit Chinese influence on U.S. soil isn’t the first bill in recent memory aimed at preventing foreign involvement in the U.S. social space. One such example is the bill that seeks to ban the Chinese owned social media app TikTok. While the legislation hasn’t passed officially as of yet, members of congress on both sides of the aisle expressed their concerns in a congressional hearing with TikTok’s chief executive, Shou Zi Chew. While many users of TikTok have expressed a reluctance to ban TikTok, citing it as yet another harmless social media platform, the movement to ban the Chinese owned social media platform is receiving bipartisan support.

U.S. relations with China have been deteriorating over the past few years, with China’s Foreign Minister Qin Gang describing Sino-U.S. relations as being in a “deep freeze.” While the future of foreign relations between the two nations is uncertain, it’s clear that it’ll most likely continue to get worse. President Biden has already made it clear the U.S. stands with Taiwan, an island nation that China has practiced military drills expressing a potential intent to invade.

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