DeSantis Sounds Alarm on Chinese Firm’s Purchase of 1,400 Acres of Florida Land for ‘Primate Research’

DeSantis Sounds Alarm on Chinese Firm's Purchase of 1,400 Acres of Florida Land for 'Primate Research'

Florida governor Ron DeSantis has sounded the alarm after an American subsidiary of Chinese firm JOINN Laboratories purchased 1,400 acres of land in the Sunshine State.

According to Levy County, JOINN Laboratories, CA Inc. purchased the land from L&T Cattle & Timber, LLC in the summer and had expressed a desire to construct a “primate quarantine facility and/or primate research laboratory.”

The land is currently zoned as “Forestry/Rural Residential,” which means it would have to be rezoned if the proposed facility were to be built. The county revealed, however, that it had not yet received an application from JOINN Laboratories to initiate the process.

In a statement to the Epoch Times on Thursday, DeSantis’ office explained that he “has been consistently opposed to the Chinese Communist Party’s growing influence in Florida,” adding that, “this proposed facility is a prime example of the type of activity that we are acting to prohibit.”

On Sept. 22, DeSantis signed Executive Order 22-216, which banned government entities from “procuring technology products and services from companies owned by, controlled by, or domiciled in foreign countries of concern,” including China, Cuba, Russia, Iran, North Korea, Syria, and Venezuela.

That same day, he proposed legislation aimed at preventing companies from the aforementioned countries from purchasing land near US military bases. 

“There have already been instances of Chinese Communist Party-affiliated companies purchasing land near military bases in other states,” a press release stated, “including Grand Forks Air Force Base in North Dakota. Florida is home to 21 military bases from every branch of the armed forces, and while the state has allocated money to purchase land nearest to some of these bases to increase security perimeters, more needs to be done to protect our domestic national security assets.”

Florida is fifth in the nation when it comes to foreigners holding interest in private agricultural land, at 5.8 percent, however DeSantis made it very clear he hopes to ensure none of that land falls into the wrong hands.

“From server farms to farmland, the Communist Party of China has been worming its way into our nation’s data storage systems and buying up tracts of land near sensitive national security sites,” he said

“By prohibiting the purchase of lands, state contracts with Chinese technology firms, and the infiltration of CCP-affiliated groups such as Confucius Institutes, Florida is leading the way to protect our nation from international foes.”

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US Customs finds dangerous invasive species on board ship from China

The AGM egg masses were sent to the Department of Agriculture for further testing. 

The AGM egg masses were sent to the Department of Agriculture for further testing.  (CBP)

Bradford Betz

U.S. customs officials inspected a sea vessel from China recently and discovered an invasive species on board that could have inflicted widespread damage to the country’s landscape and natural resources. 

Agriculture specialists with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) discovered four Asian gypsy moth (AGM) egg masses on a Panamanian bulk carrier in Laplace, Louisiana, in late September. The vessel was targeted for inspection because it had docked at AGM high-risk areas in China the month prior. 

The suspected AGM egg masses were found on the exterior surface of the vessel and railing on bother lower and main decks, CBP said. U.S. officials ordered the vessel to leave the port and anchor out of U.S. waters for cleaning and disinfection. 

CBP sent the suspected AGM egg masses to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for further analysis, which positively identified the specimens to be AGM. 


CBP conducted a follow-up inspection of the vessel several days after the initial discovery and found no additional AGM egg masses and allowed the vessel to proceed with its cargo operations, CBP said. 

CBP agriculture specialists found four suspected AGM egg masses on the exterior surfaces of the vessel and railing on both lower and main decks. 

CBP agriculture specialists found four suspected AGM egg masses on the exterior surfaces of the vessel and railing on both lower and main decks.  (CBP)

USDA says the AGM is an exotic pest not established in the United States. They are similar to European gypsy moths found in the northwest, but the Asian variety has a broader range, making them more dangerous. 

Female moths can lay hundreds of eggs that yield hundreds of caterpillars that could feed on more than 500 plant species. 

Bradford Betz is a Fox News Digital breaking reporter covering crime, political issues, and much more.

WATCH: Hilarious Babylon Bee Take May Be the Best ‘Dem Ad’ Ever, Featuring Biden

Nick Arama

The Babylon Bee is a great satire site, with a real talent for making some truly fun stuff.

Recently, we brought you some of their humor from their “Californians who moved to Texas” series. The California couple went canvassing for Beto O’Rourke in a deep red area of Texas, with special guest Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) — who revealed his true identity as the Zodiac Killer — with a twist at the end of the video.

Now they’re out with another one — a Democrat midterm ad — about how we moved from the “time of darkness” under the “Orange Man” who was “literally Hitler” to Joe Biden who “saved” America. This is an instant classic. It hilariously makes clear what the choice is here with some flashbacks to all the fun times that Joe Biden has provided us.

“Embraced by the loving arms” of Joe Biden. Yikes! That look says it all! Who can forget that “kindness” and “decorum” as he insulted voters, variously cursing them out, calling them “fat” or liars, and even threatening to take a voter outside? He even said he wished he could take Trump “behind the gym.” What a “voice of clarity” and “reason” Joe Biden is, as we see that famous word that Joe Biden told Xi Jinping defines America: “AWDSMFAFOOTHIMAAAFOOTAFOOTWHSCUSEME.” Thank you to a Twitter user for managing to transcribe that for us.

How lucky we are to have a man in charge who is so “good with numbers” with those “two” inimitable words for us — “Made in America.” Biden has brought us safety and economic prosperity. They’ve empowered the next generation. So vote for the people the Biden team wants, because the Biden team knows what’s best. That way, we can ensure things continue going the way they have been going “forever and ever.” If there ever was a motivation to get people out to vote, there it is — to prevent the continuing disaster that Biden has dropped on us.

It’s hard to get something more on target than this Bee ad, so true and so funny. The humor and the reality are likely to help push more people to vote for the GOP. That talent is probably one of the reasons that the Bee got banned from Twitter, although it was ostensibly for saying that a man was a man. They may be back on soon, with Elon Musk now at the helm of Twitter.

Republican candidates should run this as a regular ad on a loop from now until the election.

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