Republican Governor Ron DeSantis of Florida had a press conference on Monday where he slammed the Chinese Community Party .and the people who work for them, by signing bills that would increase the legal consequences of pushing the Communist Party’s influence in American institutions.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday railed against the Chinese government and the possible origins of Covid-19, playing on issues at the forefront of the conservative base.
DeSantis lashed out at China during an event Monday in Miami, where he signed into law a measure targeting undue foreign influence in Florida’s government and education system — a bill the Republican governor said are namely efforts to “start fighting back” against China.
“If you look right now, there is no single entity that exercises a more pervasive, nefarious influence across a wide range of American industries and institutions than the Communist Party of China,” DeSantis said from the Florida National Guard Robert A. Ballard Armory in Miami.
The two bills signed by DeSantis were top priorities of the governor and House Speaker Chris Sprowls, who led a probe into China’s attempts to poach the work of Florida researchers. That investigation was spurred by accusations of Chinese meddling at H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute and state universities.
“Today, we expose and stop foreign adversaries and their agents from walking through the front doors of our corporations and universities and sneaking out the back with our taxpayer-funded research,” said Sprowls, a Palm Harbor Republican, in a statement. “China’s spies can leave empty-handed.”
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Today, the State of Florida is taking a stand against communist dictators and bad state actors. We will STOP CCP INFLUENCE in our education system and government by going on offense.
“We need to take action, stand firm against the Chinese Communist Party and foreign influence and interference in American research, education, and public affairs,” DeSantis said.
“The legislation will close loopholes and strengthen institution vetting and apply common-sense protections, starting with the Florida education system, which is a primary target of influence by the CCP, DeSantis,” said.
“The Chinese Communist Party’s mass infiltration and theft of American research is well documented, resulting in numerous arrests at college campuses across the country just within the last couple of years,” he continued. “It’s high time we tackle these issues and eliminate any tolerance of clandestine foreign influence in our schools.”
DeSantis specifically mentioned the Trump administration’s efforts to strike back at the Confucius Institute’s efforts to indoctrinate in Florida’s education system. Florida’s bill will stop taxpayer dollars from being used to fund those efforts.
The bill also requires any school, company, or government entity to report any gift greater than $50,000 either directly or indirectly from any foreign government or person, and it requires stronger review and vetting of travel and research tied to foreign entities.
“We must ensure that our research, innovation, and talent benefit Florida and benefit our country, not foreign interests like the Chinese Communist Party,” DeSantis said. “That’s why Florida will be a leader in bringing these issues into the sunshine with these new transparency measures.”
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Violations will require institutions to pay 105% of the amount of the undisclosed gift back to the state of Florida, DeSantis said.
The seven foreign countries of concern in the bill are:
- North Korea
Kari is an ex-Community Organizer who writes about Voter Engagement, Cultural Marxism and Campaigns. She has been a grassroots volunteer with the GOP, on and off for 18 years. She is a Homeschool Mom in North Carolina and loves Photojournalism and Citizen Journalism. @Saorsa1776