Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) declared on Tuesday that he will put up new legislation to prevent Chinese businesses from buying farmland in the United States.
Hawley’s vow to prohibit Chinese firms from owning American farms comes only days after a Chinese spy balloon spent days flying over the continental United States, which has prompted a fresh push on this subject from some Republicans.
“After the scandal surrounding Biden’s Chinese snooping, it is patently evident that no Chinese firm ought to be allowed to buy agricultural property in the United States. I’m putting up legislation to halt it.” On Twitter, the Republican senator urged people to “protect American farmers.”
Hawley was referring to the Chinese spy balloon that was shot down early on Saturday morning as it was over the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of North Carolina after floating above the continental United States for days.
On Thursday, American citizens spotted the surveillance balloon drifting over their houses for the first time. “We are certain that this high-altitude spy balloon belongs to the People’s Republic of China,” a senior defense official stated last week after the news surfaced.
Following the disclosure of the Chinese spy balloon last Friday, South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem (R) urged lawmakers to pass a law prohibiting the Chinese Communist Party from acquiring land in her state. She said, “States need to step up and defend our people from the threat posed by the Chinese Communist Party. This is the main reason why SB 185 and SB 189 must be approved.”
A state-level equivalent of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) would be established under the governor’s plan, which has the backing of both the State House and State Senate, to evaluate and ultimately deny any foreign entity’s request to buy land in South Dakota.
In January, when Breitbart News asked the governor about Chinese companies acquiring land in her state, she responded, “This is a national security problem. I believe that as Americans, we can all agree that China shouldn’t be acquiring territory in the country. They are an adversary.”
“Protecting America is critical. This has been a genuine threat to our nation, and with the B21 headed to South Dakota, we have become a target for exactly the types of operations that China is doing elsewhere, such as buying up property and assets from other nations who detest us,” the speaker said.
Only 36.6 percent of respondents to a recent Trafalgar Group survey conducted this week believed that the Biden administration “appropriately” handled the issue, while 63.4% said that “the problem was mishandled” or “should’ve been dealt with sooner.”
Additionally, 59.2 percent believe that Biden’s handling of the Chinese spy balloon made “America seem weak” on the international arena, and 58.8 percent concur that “Biden should’ve taken speedier action to fire down the Chinese surveillance balloon prior to it even entering U.S. sovereign airspace.”