Jan 18, 2023 - Politics

Youngkin stakes anti-China position

Photo illustration of Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin with lines radiating from him.

Photo Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios; Photo: Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Count Gov. Youngkin among a growing number of anti-China voices in the GOP.

What's happening: In recent weeks, Youngkin has moved to ban TikTok from state devices, called for a prohibition on Chinese companies purchasing farmland and blocked plans to attract an electric battery plant.

Driving the news: The battery plant — a partnership between Ford and a Chinese manufacturer — would have brought 2,500 jobs to a struggling corner of the state, the Times-Dispatch reported this week.

  • The decision not to compete for the project drew criticism from Democratic lawmakers, who accused Youngkin of putting politics ahead of jobs.

What they're saying: Youngkin told reporters last week he opposed a deal because Ford would not own the battery manufacturing technology, arguing the car manufacturer would serve as a "front for China," per the Virginia Mercury.

Between the lines: Youngkin appears to be following the lead of fellow Republican governors (and presidential hopefuls) like Florida's Ron DeSantis.

  • Youngkin's call for legislation barring CCP-linked entities from purchasing Virginia farmland caught local lawmakers off guard, but came a day after DeSantis made a similar proposal, the Washington Post noted.
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