South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem warns against ‘giving in’ to China: ‘They want to destroy us’

South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem (R) is putting pressure on China again after signing an executive order to effectively ban government contracts with six countries, including the red giant.

“These are evil governments that hate the United States of America, and I want to make sure South Dakotans are protected from doing business with them in telecommunications or state contracts,” she said on “Fox & Friends Weekend” on Sunday.

Noem told host Rachel Campos-Duffy that the state is also proposing legislation to prevent China from buying more farmland from Mount Rushmore state.

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South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem is among GOP leaders suing China over alleged efforts to undermine the US.  Noem has issued an executive order banning state government contracts with six countries, including China.

South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem is among GOP leaders suing China over alleged efforts to undermine the US. Noem has issued an executive order banning state government contracts with six countries, including China.
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She also warned that the Chinese Communist Party is buying American farmland to take control of America’s food supply, another step in their attempt to undermine the nation.

“We saw the Communist Party trying to buy up assets in other states, and that’s not going to happen here in South Dakota,” she said.

“We’ve talked about the national security threats, the military they’re building, their theft of our IP-manipulating currency… But they’ve also bought up our food processing systems – our factories, our chemical and fertilizer companies. Now they buy our land…”

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Chinese President Xi Jinping, one of the country's leaders under scrutiny for attempting to undermine the US with the Chinese Communist Party.

Chinese President Xi Jinping, one of the country’s leaders under scrutiny for attempting to undermine the US with the Chinese Communist Party.
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Noem issued a dire warning about “giving in” to China’s wishes, urging others to become “normalized” to do business with the country and allow them access to important personal information – a sentiment that shows from the ban of her state on the controversial video-sharing platform TikTok.

“I banned TikTok from all state devices a few months ago and made it a crime if people did download it and access it because it posed a real threat to our people. We know they collect data on US citizens, so they have to we do never forget that China wants to destroy the United States of America…”

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Noem’s warning coincides with concerns from other state governments, higher education institutions, and even some bipartisan federal lawmakers claiming the app is stealing user data for malicious use.

Noem’s executive order criminalizes downloading or using TikTok on state-issued devices, while other states including Maine, New Jersey, Ohio, Georgia, Alabama and others have repeated the action.

“We have to do everything we can to protect ourselves and stay strong,” she said.

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