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Trump promises to ban Chinese investments in critical US infrastructure if elected in 2024

The former president also criticized the Biden administration's response to China.

Published: January 19, 2023 8:16am

Updated: January 19, 2023 8:59am

Former President Donald Trump is vowing if reelected president in 2024 that he'll ban Chinese nationals from purchasing any vital U.S. infrastructure, including energy, telecommunications, farmland or natural resources. 

In a policy video Wednesday, Trump also said the United States "should begin the process of forcing the Chinese to sell any current holdings that put our national security at risk."

Trump said: "China does not allow American companies to take over their critical infrastructure and America should not allow China to take over our critical infrastructure. … To protect our country, we need to enact aggressive new restrictions on Chinese ownership of any vital infrastructure in the United States, including energy, technology, telecommunications, farmland, natural resources, medical supplies and other strategic national assets."

The former president also criticized the Biden administration's response to China.

"With the help of corrupt influence-peddlers like the Biden crime family, China is even trying to buy up the pillars of the US energy industry," Trump said.

That same day, the GOP-led House Oversight Committee wrote a letter expressing concerns about China's possible influence on the administration through donations to the Penn Biden Center, where classified documents were discovered from Biden's time as vice president. 

"Frankly, Biden and the group don't care about real energy, they only care about nonsense energy, energy that doesn't work and never will," Trump said.

For years, Trump has warned about the threats posed by China, taking a hard stance against the Communist-run country during his presidency.

Some states have considered banning or restricting foreign ownership of land, while other states have already implemented such legislation.

Trump did not detail his plans for China in the video, but his 2024 campaign website states that he "will implement a 4-year national re-shoring plan so that the United States no longer needs to rely on China for essential medical and national security goods."

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