Spy fears spark flurry of proposed laws aiming to ban Chinese land ownership

Lawmakers in Texas, Florida, Arkansas and in Congress have proposed laws banning citizens of China from buying land, homes and other buildings in the United States.

It’s a move they say will help protect the United States from interference by adversaries like China’s government, which they accuse of spying, theft and risking the American food supply. Former president and 2024 presidential candidate Donald Trump has backed the efforts.

federal proposal filed by a bipartisan group of members of Congress has been dubbed the “Promoting Agriculture Safeguards and Security Act.” Eleven states are considering versions of the same measure, and Iowa already has a ban in place.

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