Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has strong views on curbing Chinese Communist Party (CCP) influence in his state, and this is evident from his recent remarks about the CCP’s attempts to purchase homes in Florida. “My view is, okay, yeah, no farmland, but why would you want them buying residential developments or things like that?” he asked. “I don’t want them owning subdivisions or things like that.”
The challenge of preventing people and companies with hidden ties to the CCP from buying into Florida’s real estate market is a daunting one for DeSantis. The governor noted that it will not be easy to craft policy that effectively blocks the CCP from purchasing such property as the signing parties are typically holding companies with no direct connection to the Chinese party.
He said, “The issue’s going to be if someone comes in and buys, it’s not the CCP that’s signing that… You’ve got to structure [legislation] in a way that will effectively police it. But yes, we do not need to have CCP influence in Florida’s economy.”
DeSantis has taken additional steps beyond crafting legislation designed to limit the CCP’s activities in his state. For example, he banned Confucius Institutes from universities and colleges across Florida as they have been known to provide propaganda and impose their own ideologies onto academic institutions. In addition, he stated that previously enacted measures restricting research funding by China have been implemented in an effort to reduce their presence even further.
DeSantis expressed deep disappointment over how Wall Street and Hollywood have chosen to appease China for access into its market instead of taking a firmer stance against its oppressive regime. He argued that the U.S.’ economy has become too intertwined with China and this dependence was highlighted during the pandemic when medical supplies were sourced from Chinese suppliers instead of American ones, something which he believes has weakened both economic vitality and security stateside.
Another organization unwelcome in Florida due to its far-left policies is the World Economic Forum which plans to meet next week in Davos. DeSantis criticized their so-called Environmental Social Governance (ESG) push which encourages companies adhere environmentalist ideals without consulting shareholders or those affected by these decisions – summing up their vision as ‘they run everything while everybody else is a peasant’. He believes these extreme initiatives risk stifling Western society and values while playing into both China’s and the World Economic Forum’s hands at the same time – something which he vowed would never happen on his watch as governor of Florida by declaring “that type of stuff coming out of Davos… is dead on arrival” within his state’s borders.