He is very concerned!
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis says U.S. “elites” are to blame for the failure of allowing China into the World Trade Organization.
In what he called the “experiment with China,” DeSantis said that “American elites” thought that by allowing China into the World Trade Organization, the communist country would no longer “be a rogue country; they’ll respect human rights, and become more democratic.” DeSantis made these remarks at a State Board of Administration meeting earlier this week, as he voted to “disentangle” the state’s investment from the Chinese Communist Party.
DeSantis pointed out that the “elites” intention did not work according to plan. Instead, it made China more powerful, as it validated China on the world stage, which emboldened the nation.
He also added that the decision to add China to the World Trade organization did not improve their political culture, but worsened it to a state that wasn’t even in existence 30 years ago. The Republican governor also mentioned that instead of the West influencing China, China was influencing the West.
In a statement expounding on these remarks, DeSantis highlighted the Chinese influence over U.S. businesses, saying that when large corporations received disapproval from China, “they censor what the CCP tells them to censor, and we see groveling apologies.”
He went on to state that the idea of American elites a generation ago was that if China was allowed into the WTO, giving them favored nation status, China would adopt Western traits. But DeSantis pointed to its failure saying that this decision endangered the U.S. national and economic security.
DeSantis also expressed his wish that the SBA survey investments in China. Then, when the legislature returns, statutory changes can be made to ensure the U.S. wasn’t entangled with the CCP.
Concluding, he said he would like to see U.S. reshore production and manufacturing.