Red-State Governor Enacts A New Law China Won’t Like

Missouri Governor Mike Parson has taken a bold step to protect the state’s national security interests. In an executive order issued recently, Parson has imposed restrictions on the purchase of land close to military facilities in the state of Missouri by foreign entities hailing from countries considered as American adversaries.

This decisive move will prevent entities from nations like China, Iran, Russia, Cuba, North Korea, and Venezuela from acquiring land within a 10-mile radius of military installations in the state. The decision comes amid rising concerns nationwide over foreign entities, particularly Chinese corporations, buying land near U.S. military bases.

Parson highlighted the importance of this order, emphasizing the need to safeguard Missouri’s military and intelligence assets while deterring potential security threats. He noted that it’s crucial to take necessary precautions to protect Missourians and the state’s security resources.

Several other states, including Arkansas and Florida, have already implemented similar measures in response to the growing apprehension regarding China’s land acquisitions. Missouri, with around 42,596 acres of land currently owned by Chinese entities, joins the list of states taking proactive measures.

Under the executive order, it is explicitly stated that no Missouri agricultural property should be acquired or owned by a foreign business or an alien with ties to countries classified as American adversaries. Importantly, this directive will not affect existing landowners.

Parson emphasized that while the state is taking steps to protect its national security interests, it also aims to maintain strong business relationships with countries considered allies, including Sweden, Germany, and Japan.

The governor’s decision comes after a period of relaxed restrictions on foreign land ownership in Missouri. In 2013, the Republican-controlled legislature overrode the veto of then-Democratic Governor Jay Nixon, allowing foreign ownership of up to 1% of Missouri’s farmland. Now, with this executive order, Missouri is taking steps to safeguard its national security interests in an ever-evolving global landscape.

Author: Scott Dowdy

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