Amid the human rights abuses from China, GOP Governor Ron DeSantis of Florida moved to lower the state’s dependence on this communist nation.
As reported by the Washington Examiner, Governor DeSantis met this week with Florida’s CFO Jimmy Patronis and A.G. Ashley Moody. These three people are the current trustees of the Florida State Board of Administration.
They voted to alter the way in which money from more than 30 funds and the state’s retirement system are spent.
The Examiner reported this decision in the board’s goal to “fight woke corporate ideology and negative foreign influence.”
“If you take a lot at how these top companies act when they are hit with Chinese anger, they censor what the CCP orders them to censor, and you see them grovel with apologies,” Governor DeSantis said.
“Go back one generation, and the idea that some people had was, ‘If we allow China into the World Trade Organization and award them a favored status, that will make them more like us.’ This dumb experiment failed, and it has harmed our country’s economic and national security.”
DeSantis said that large American corporations chose to ignore the Uyghurs genocide by the CCP because they are on China’s payroll.
On December 10, an unofficial London tribunal ruled that China had committed genocide on the Uyghurs in the Xinjiang region, CNN said.
“The tribunal is now satisfied that China has affected a purposeful policy with the objective of as they say ‘optimizing’ their population by working on the long-term reduction of Uyghurs and other populations to be done through reducing Uyghur births,” tribunal leader Geoffrey Nice stated.
Due to these alleged abuses, American companies were criticized for continuing to back China.
Conservatives had criticized American companies for sponsoring the 2022 Olympics in China. That list had Proctor and Gamble and Coca-Cola.
In a separate article, former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley said “that around half” of the corporate sponsors were American companies.
“Many of these, just like Coca-Cola, have spent the previous year talking about ‘racial equality’ and criticizing election security bills such as the one in Georgia,” she stated.
“Yet these same companies don’t see a problem in giving $100 million or more for a global event that will glorify one of the top tyrannical nations on earth.”
Author: Blake Ambrose