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DeSantis Campaign Press Release - Nikki Haley Has a Dangerous Record On China and is Desperately Trying To Hide It

November 08, 2023

Free land. Tax breaks. Subsidies. State visits. And even…love letters.

Long before Nikki Haley set her eyes on the White House, she proudly rolled out the red carpet for companies tied to the Chinese Communist Party — and now she's lying about it.

Here's the pro-China record Nikki Haley doesn't want you to know about:

  • 2007: As a state legislator, Haley attended the World Economic Forum conference in Dalian, China — and left feeling "proud of the policy and economic development lessons and information gained" at the event, which featured a top CCP official as the keynote.
  • 2013: As governor, Haley welcomed a $218 million investment in the Palmetto State by a Chinese textile company located in Hangzhou, China.
  • 2014: Haley wrote a letter to the U.S. Commerce Department in opposition to U.S. tariffs on Chinese-produced tires — claiming tariffs would "inequitably" affect a company in her state that was importing Chinese tires.
  • 2015: During Haley's tenure as governor of South Carolina, the state operated a trade office in Shanghai, China.
  • 2015: Haley warmly greeted a gathering of Chinese manufacturers, promising them her support to do whatever it takes for them to move to South Carolina.
  • 2015: Haley welcomed a $72 million investment by a Chinese appliance manufacturer.
  • 2016: Haley celebrated her recruitment of a CCP-owned fiberglass company as a "huge win."
  • The company was given 200 acres of free land — something Haley conveniently left out of her recent defense of this ordeal.

As a result of Haley's coziness toward the communist country — which Haley hailed as a "friend" in a 2014 letter — Chinese capital investment in South Carolina doubled during her tenure, while companies tied to the CCP received 1,500 acres of land.

Nikki Haley is an establishment Republican through and through — and with that comes a preference toward foreign corporations and their workers.

Ron DeSantis, DeSantis Campaign Press Release - Nikki Haley Has a Dangerous Record On China and is Desperately Trying To Hide It Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/370883

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