"Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) on Monday signed two pieces of legislation, one of which will ban Confucius Institutes in Florida, aimed to combat nefarious foreign influence and corporate espionage in the Sunshine State.
'Foreign adversaries will not have access to our schools, government, or companies like they have in the past, DeSantis said during Monday’s press conference in Miami, Florida:
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.
— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) June 7, 2021
For instance, the bill will ban such things as Confucius Institutes on universities or college campuses in the state of Florida.
Beyond that, the bill 'also makes sure we don’t make deals with private companies that are closely tied to these adversaries,' DeSantis explained. Further, it makes sure all nations, states, corporations, individuals, and those seeking to engage in colleges and universities are 'fully vetted.'
DeSantis is also signing the Combatting Corporate Espionage in Florida Act, which creates 'new criminal offenses in Florida for the theft and trafficking of trade secrets.
'Anyone who willfully works without authorization steals or attempts to steal a trade secret and use it for their benefit will now face a third-degree felony, punishable by up to five years in prison. If the same person tries to sell the stolen trade secret, they’ll face a second-degree felony with even more penalties,' DeSantis said, explaining that the penalties will be 'significantly enhanced' if an individual does so on behalf of a foreign government.
While DeSantis said the bills focus on foreign influence from seven countries specifically, he stated that there is probably '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.'
Academia, he explained, is 'permeated' with influence, detailing how researchers are getting indicted at major institutions 'for being in cahoots with the Chinese government.'
The corporate media and entertainment industry are no better, he continued.
'You look at corporate media and entertainment industry in this country. They are in the pocket of the Communist Party of China. I mean, if Hollywood comes up with a movie the CCP doesn’t like, they get censored,' he said, adding that the corporate media assisted in suppressing the truth about the lab leak theory. He also noted the deep financial ties the corporate media have to the CCP.
Big Tech, DeSantis continued, also runs interference for CCP, while celebrities and athletes continue to 'virtue-signal' for things in the U.S., yet almost all of them fail to do the same for the atrocities the CCP commits.
'Enough is enough,' DeSantis said. 'We’ve got to start fighting back.'
DeSantis’s action precedes the Senate’s vote on Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s (D-NY) China bill, which Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN) described as a 'massive boondoggle that’s going to help the Chinese' and hurt Americans."
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