DeSantis Objects To CCP-Backed Firm Buying Large Florida Parcel

MATLACHA, FLORIDA - OCTOBER 05: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks during a press conference on the island of Matlacha on October 05, 2022 in Matlacha Florida. DeSantis delivered remarks about the completion of a temporary bridge to reconnect the island, and Pine Island as well, to the mainland. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

At a glance

  • Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis isn’t happy that a Chinese firm has purchased 1,400 acres of land in t he state for. a primate breeding facility.
  • The land in Levy County was purchased by JOINN Laboratories CA Inc. for about $5.5 million.
  • JOINN is located in California, but is the subsidiary of Beijing-based. drug developer JOINN Laboratories, which has ties to the Chinese military.
  • “The governor has been consistently opposed to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) ‘s growing influence in Florida, and this proposed facility is a prime example of the type of activity that we are acting to prohibit,” DeSantis’ office said in an emailed statement.

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