Opinion: SB 147 is about the Chinese Communist Party, not Chinese people

Photo: In Austin, Texas, State lawmakers will deliberate on SB 147, a change to the Texas Property Code that will ban bad actors like China from purchasing Texas land (FreeImages)

SB-147 is about the Chinese Communist Party, not Chinese people


By Bob Fu


The bill protects Texas land from a hostile foreign government while ensuring individuals can continue to purchase a home in Texas

It’s time to pass SB 147.

This bill has nothing to do with race, ethnicity, or even nationality.

It’s about the core of our national security as a freedom-loving nation. It’s about the threat to our state and country by rogue regimes. It’s about the prevention of further transnational repression by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) on American soil.

Make no mistake, the CCP is a brutal regime seeking to cause great harm to the United States.

I was a student leader in Tiananmen Square for peaceful protest 34 years ago and the CCP sent military tanks killing thousands, including the famous lone protester who stood in opposition to a tank, only to be crushed on live television. Seven years later, in 1996, my wife and I were jailed in Beijing for our Christian beliefs until we were exiled and accepted into the USA as refugees in 1997. Internal repression has dramatically increased with an extensive domestic surveillance system, a social credit system to suppress dissent, and concentration camps where the CCPs detain, re-educate, sterilize, de-Islamify, and kill China’s ethnic Muslim minorities.

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Bob Fu, Founder and President of ChinaAid

What I fear most is that Americans do not realize the ambitions and goals of Xi Jinping. He and his thugs wish to bring our great nation under his control, and he’ll do whatever he can to accomplish that goal.

The CCP not only poses existential threats to our freedom and way of life but also is actively exporting its threats transactionally into our soils. Emboldened by its economic power, the Chinese government seeks to weaken the United States through espionage and surveillance. They maintain control of Chinese citizens (work/education visa holders, lawful permanent residents/“green card” holders) and former Chinese citizens living in the U.S. through their embassy, consulates, and overseas police stations. They monitor and harass those in the U.S. and threaten to penalize their families in China.

The CCP dug its teeth deep into Texas long before anyone knew about overseas Chinese police stations. They financially infiltrated our great universities and institutions. They have been and wish to continue buying land in our state, particularly property near our military bases and other sensitive facilities and infrastructure. Any sensible person sees through this agenda and any effort against this bill as insanity.

We cannot allow the CCP to build its physical bases on Texas soil any more than we can tolerate CCP spy balloons hovering in our sovereign country’s air space surveilling our military bases and strategic nuclear installations.

As they seek to steal our military and industrial secrets, they also collect information to exert control over individuals by monitoring all activity, looking for those who can be bribed or extorted. This is not a hypothetical notion: from September to November 2020, the CCP organized groups to harass and stalk my family home in Midland, Texas. A favorite tactic of the CCP is to contact Chinese individuals living in the United States and threaten their family members back in China unless they do as the CCP says.

It’s time for fellow Texans to wake up to the fact that the CCP and its established malignant groups have already penetrated deep into our society. Texas cannot and should never allow the CCP and other malicious actors from rogue regimes to establish permanent footprints on our soil.

I was honored to share my testimony before the Texas Senate on Texas Independence Day, and I thank Senator Lois Kolkhorst for her courage in proposing this legislation to protect our state.

SB-147 protects Texas against the Chinese Communist Party while ensuring Chinese individuals residing here can legally purchase a home in Texas. For the sake of the protection of our freedom and the security of our children and our children’s children, on behalf of many silenced Chinese Americans, I urge Texans to look past the empty charges of racism and pass this bill.

~Bob Fu

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