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DeSantis Accused Of Providing $90K in Tax Relief to a Chinese Subsidiary

via CBS Evening News
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Reportedly, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis provided $90,000 in tax relief to a Chinese company, JinkoSolar, who owns a factory in Jacksonville, raising questions about the candidate’s stance on China.

The company was later raided by the Department of Homeland Security for alleged violations of the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act.

The move has led to scrutiny of DeSantis’ claims of being tough on China, with other Republican presidential candidates, including Nikki Haley, seizing on reports of his ties with Chinese businesses in Florida. (Trending: Olympic Gold Medalist Sentenced For Jan 6)

“As we have made explicitly clear, this company was recruited by the [Rick] Scott Administration and all incentives they received were a result of that recruitment,” spokeswoman Rose Hebert stated.

“Further, when the governor signed HB5 in 2023, he prohibited all Chinese companies (and any company from the seven foreign countries of concern in Florida law) from ever receiving state incentives in Florida.”

“Since then, the world has seen who Communist China truly is and the grave atrocities committed by the Chinese Communist Party,” Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) spokesman McKinley Lewis said.

“If he was still governor he would have already taken every opportunity to claw back incentives.”

DeSantis also came under fire for allowing Chinese firms to expand in Florida, despite his public stance against the communist country.

The DeSantis campaign defended his actions, pointing to Haley’s record on China.

“Ron DeSantis uniquely recognizes the threat posed by the Chinese Communist Party and spent his governorship working to end pre-existing state ties with China and build up protections against future Chinese incursions,” DeSantis campaign press secretary Bryan Griffin stated.

“Nikki Haley spent her governorship courting Chinese businesses to South Carolina, calling them a friend, and failing to pursue corrective efforts to safeguard her state from the threat of the CCP. ”

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