Friday, February 17, 2023

China Blasts Proposed State Bans Aimed to Stop It From Buying Property In the US; China and Russia Should Own No Land Near US Military Spaces

AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, File
China blasts proposed state bans aimed to stop it from buying property in the U.S.:
Beijing says proposals in some U.S. states to ban Chinese citizens from buying property within their borders would violate the principles of market economics.
The communist government criticized proposed bans in Texas, Florida and Arkansas as the U.S. and China spar over the Chinese spy balloon that floated over the continental U.S.
A North Dakota city recently rejected a Chinese-owned company’s plan to build a corn mill near an American military base, and South Dakota lawmakers filed a bill that would ban the foreign acquisition of agricultural land.
“China-U.S. economic and trade cooperation is mutually beneficial and win-win in nature,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Mao Ning said Friday in a translated version of her remarks. “To overstretch the concept of national security and politicize economic, trade and investment issues runs counter to the principles of market economy and international trade rules, which undercuts international confidence in the U.S. market environment.” --->READ MORE HERE
China and Russia should own no land near US military spaces:
Some proposals are so obviously sensible that objections should be summarily swept aside. Such is true of a bill just introduced by multiple Republican senators to ban affiliates of adversarial regimes from buying land near U.S. military installations.
This is the third time in four years that Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) has introduced legislative language to do this. This year he is joined by fellow GOP Sens. Eric Schmitt (MO), Mike Braun (IN), Marco Rubio (FL), Steve Daines (MT), and Tommy Tuberville (AL).
The Protecting Military Installations and Ranges Act would apply to any foreign person “connected to or subsidized by” China, Russia, Iran, or North Korea. The bill would set specific distances away from installations, bases, training areas, or airspace related thereto, closer than which the agents of those foreign adversaries could not own land. There’s more, but that’s the gist of it.
Frankly, this is such an obviously good idea that it is a major blot on the record of the Democratic Senate majority that they didn’t make this bill a priority for passage when Cruz introduced it as a stand-alone bill in April 2021 and also tried to attach it to the National Defense Authorization Act that same year. All four governments listed in the bill are hostile to the United States, and at least Russia and China conduct major espionage and surveillance against this nation. There also is evidence that China, at least, has nefarious designs on the U.S. electric grid — and of course, as we have seen in the past two weeks, it is brazen enough to send surveillance balloons across the entire U.S. mainland and dare us to shoot it down. --->READ MORE HERE
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