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Ron DeSantis Signs Bills To Stop Nefarious Foreign Interference

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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.

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“Not the Communist Party of China, not Russia, not Cuba, not North Korea, not Iran, not Syria, not Venezuela. In fact, the first bill signed today safeguards our public institutions from undue foreign influence, and that means prohibiting agreements between public entities and the Communist Party of China or Cuba or any of these other malignant forces,” he said, detailing the real-world application.

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.”

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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.

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The Republican governor used China’s coverup of the Chinese coronavirus as his backdrop before previewing the measures, explaining how the world has suffered due to the malfeasance of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

He said in part:

If you look at what’s gone on now with the coronavirus pandemic and the coverup of the origins of COVID-19, it’s pretty clear that this was a virus that almost assuredly lea… (Read more)

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