There is growing concern in America over the purchase of farmland by Chinese companies, including property located near military facilities. One Republican lawmaker says that needs to stop.
According to Breitbart, Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley declared this week that he will be introducing legislation to ban the acquisition of agricultural land by Chinese interests.
What is abundantly clear after Biden’s Chinese spying debacle is that no Chinese corporation should be permitted to own American farmland. I’m introducing legislation to stop it. Protect American farmers
— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) February 7, 2023
Hawley is not the only Republican who is raising the alarm about Chinese land buys, as South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem has touted state-level legislation aimed at blocking such purchases.
Now more than ever, states need to step up and defend our people from the threat posed by the Chinese Communist Party.
This is exactly why we need to pass SB 185 and SB 189. pic.twitter.com/XppeQzEEVj
— Kristi Noem (@KristiNoem) February 3, 2023
"I think all of us can agree as Americans that China shouldn’t be buying up land in the United States. They are an enemy," Noem told "Breitbart News Saturday."
"They are an evil government built on Communism and taking away freedom. That isn’t something we should allow to have a presence here in our great country," she added.
Meanwhile, Hawley was critical of the president's China policy during an interview with Fox News on Tuesday night following Biden's State of the Union address.
"Actions speak louder than words. And President Biden's actions have been very weak toward China," the Republican lawmaker complained, adding, "I thought it was totally inadequate."
Hawley then pointed to how the president allowed a Chinese spy balloon to traverse the United States last week, only ordering that the craft be shot down after it had reached the Atlantic Ocean.
"I mean, he said almost nothing, no specific talk or acknowledgment of the balloon espionage incident, no plan to counter it and no acknowledgment that he's been incredibly weak on China," the Missouri senator continued.
"They would have kept the whole thing a secret if the Billings paper had ruined it by publishing photos," Hawley said, referring to how the balloon was first spotted in Montana, which is home to some 150 nuclear-armed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missiles.
"So, I mean, this is a guy who's in total denial, by the way. They still haven't leveled with the American people or senators, for that matter," Hawley stressed.
"We don't know anything more than anybody else knows because they won't level with the American people," the senator concluded.