Republican Senators Tom Cotton of Arkansas and Tommy Tuberville of Alabama, introduced a bill to protect the United States from China. Last week Sara Carter joined Fox News’ Sean Hannity to discuss the terrifying reality that China is buying a large amount of America’s farmland. Frankly, any amount is too much, but China has managed to purchase roughly 200,000 acres across the United States.
300 of those acres are near an Air Force Base which boards “some of the nation’s most sensitive drone technology.” On Tuesday, the two Republican senators introduced a bill with the aim of preventing members of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) from purchasing any land in the United States.
The Blaze reports:
A similar bill (H.R.7892) was introduced into Congress on May 27, 2022, by Rep. Dan Newhouse, entitled Prohibition of Agricultural Land for the People’s Republic of China Act.
Cotton’s and Tuberville’s bill is, in part, a response to a report issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 2020 indicating that “foreign persons held an interest in nearly 37.6 million acres of U.S. agricultural land.” They note in their announcement that “approximately 14 states have some level of foreign ownership restriction yet there are no federal restrictions on the amount of private U.S. agricultural land that can be owned.”
Chinese entities have acquired immense swaths of American soil and are poised to continue doing so. “Millions of acres in U.S. farmland are expected to change hands in the next decade.”
Whereas in 2010, China had invested in 13,720 acres of U.S. land, “by the end of 2020, the number had risen to 194,179 acres,” leaving China with a total of 352,140 acres of American land.
“Chinese investments in American farmland put our food security at risk,” said Cotton. Furthermore, these investments “provide opportunities for Chinese espionage against our military bases and critical infrastructure.”
Chinese entities have not just purchased farmland, but “bought $6.1 billion in U.S. real estate in 2022, according to the National Association of Realtors, and constituted 6% of foreign buyers.”
“We cannot continue giving our top adversary a foot in the door to purchase land in the United States and undermine our national security” added senator Tuberville.
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Pelosi says ‘America stands’ with Taiwan, receiving backlash from China, Iran, Syria
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi followed through on her promise to visit Taiwan and declare the United States stands behind the island and their sovereignty. “Make no mistake: America remains unwavering in our commitment to the people of Taiwan– now & for decades to come” Pelosi tweeted, along with photographs of her meeting.
China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs called Pelosi’s trip to Taiwan a “political provocation” and says Beijing “absolutely does not accept this.” Adversaries Iran and Syria also released statements Tuesday joining other Chinese allies condemning the U.S. delegation’s visit to Taiwan.
Fox News reports the Syrian Foreign Ministry called the delegation “an act of hostility which doesn’t match with the international law, and doesn’t respect the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of the People’s Republic of China.”
“Syria recognizes only one China,” the ministry said.
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kanaani said, “The Islamic Republic of Iran views respect to the territorial integrity of countries as the basis of its foreign policy, and support for one-China policy in this framework is unquestionable.”
It was also my high honor to receive from President @iingwen of Taiwan the Order of Propitious Clouds with Special Grand Cordon: a symbol of our treasured friendship. Make no mistake: America remains unwavering in our commitment to the people of Taiwan– now & for decades to come. pic.twitter.com/yFcVQil4TT
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) August 3, 2022
Speaking to a group of reporters following her meeting with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen in Taipei, Pelosi stated:
“I do think that the it’s really important for the message to be clear that in the Congress, House and Senate, Democrats and Republicans are committed to the security of Taiwan in order to have Taiwan be able to most effectively defend themselves.”
“What matters to us is that we salute the successes of Taiwan. We work together for the security of Taiwan,” she added.
Pelosi added one purpose of her trip was “to show the world the success of the people of Taiwan, their courage to change their own country to become more democratic.”
“Our delegation came here to send an unequivocal message. America stands with Taiwan,” she concluded.
Pelosi’s comments come as the U.S. continues to send aid and weapons to Ukraine to ensure its security against Russia. Experts often compare Ukraine and Taiwan and have predicted China, like Russia, could soon launch a military invasion on the island, reports Fox News.
Together with former political prisoners our delegation visited the Nat’l Human Rights Museum: a tribute to heroes who suffered & fought for Taiwan’s Democracy. Then we heard from civil society leaders on human rights. We came to listen & learn; we left inspired by their courage. pic.twitter.com/dsKa02n0Ka
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) August 3, 2022
Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said that Pelosi's visit to China's Taiwan region was a "complete farce," and "those who play with fire will perish by it, and those who offend China will be punished" at the ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Meeting on Wednesday. pic.twitter.com/3nREnVZ8r6
— CGTN (@CGTNOfficial) August 3, 2022
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