Ron DeSantis calls for ‘hard power’ response to China threat

Iowa South DeSantis
'China is eating our lunch and we're letting it happen.'

Gov. Ron DeSantis is ready to escalate tensions with China should he get elected President.

In comments in Fort Dodge, Iowa, the Republican candidate said “hard power” and an increased U.S. presence in the region was necessary to check Beijing’s ambitions.

“I’d like to do more to invest more in our military. I think we need to project more hard power in the Pacific region because at the end of the day, all China respects is hard power,” DeSantis said. “You’re not going to negotiate with them. Janet Yellen is saying, ‘Well, this is just a friendly competition with China.’ China is eating our lunch and we’re letting it happen.”

DeSantis has taken a dovish position on helping Ukraine repel the ongoing Russian invasion, but he has been a hawk on the China question throughout the 2024 campaign.

During remarks in New Hampshire last month, the Governor argued “NATO allies don’t necessarily see eye-to-eye with us about our foremost threat, which is China.”

“You have some like the Brits and the Poles, they get it and I think that they’re with us on that. But you have others like France and Germany that, they think being more friendly with Xi (Jinping) is the right way to go, that China doesn’t really represent a threat,” DeSantis said.

“We can’t underwrite security for all of Europe while they don’t necessarily share our interests in terms of our posture in the Pacific, which is the most important threat we’re going to face as an American.”

Before launching his campaign, DeSantis told “Fox & Friends” viewers about his serious concerns with Joe Biden’s Ukraine policy, including a potential “proxy war” with Beijing and an open-ended war with no seeming strategic objective.

“They have effectively a blank check policy with no clear strategic objective identified and these things can escalate. And I don’t think it’s in our interest to be getting into a proxy war with China, getting involved over things like the borderlands or over Crimea,” the Governor said in February.

The Sino-skeptic DeSantis has taken action on the state level to curb China’s influence. Earlier this year, he signed legislation cracking down on China and other hostile nations — Iran, Russia, Venezuela, Syria, Cuba and North Korea — buying land near military bases and critical infrastructure. He also signed a bill blocking universities from making arrangements with those same countries.

“The CCP has done a really effective job of identifying some of the soft underbelly of American society,” DeSantis said in May when he signed the bills. “In Florida, we say, not here, not now, under our watch.”

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • Earl Pitts "The Earl of Florida" American

    July 14, 2023 at 12:13 pm

    You go “The Ronald”,
    News flash America
    The C#inks are more afeared of the USA than anyone with the exception of me, Earl Pitts “The Earl of Florida”, The Ronald, and “The Donald” even know.
    Just me by myself, The Earl of Florida, could start a peoples revolution over there in C#ink-land which would have all the high ranking C#inks in power thrown in prison within days.
    So “Relax Your Sphinters” America The Earl of Florida is large and in charge.
    Thank you America,
    Earl Pitts American

    • LucyChris

      July 14, 2023 at 1:49 pm

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    • Joe

      July 14, 2023 at 4:19 pm

      Oh Earl, just as racist and awful as ever.

  • JD

    July 14, 2023 at 12:18 pm

    “The Ronald” indeed.

    More like the “The Ronald McDonald Clown show”.

    How many billionaire donors can “The Ronald McDonald” fit into the clown car of Florida on their way to get happy meals at the insurance lobby?

    If he thought he could get a lobby donation out of China, they’d have a casino here surrounded by a bunch of corporate owned farms.

    America’s governor my ass. Lobbyist’s Governor.

    • Earl Pitts "The Earl of Florida" American

      July 14, 2023 at 12:49 pm

      Good afternoon “The JD”,
      The Earl of Florida, is not amused with your smarty pants reply and will be reporting you to the enforcement arm of The Earl Pitts American Fan Club Florida Bureau for the next appropriate action to be taken against you regarding your great disrespect shown to me, The Earl of Florida.
      Thank you “The JD”,
      Earl Pitts American

      • JD

        July 14, 2023 at 3:53 pm

        Never attacked you, just your message. Public servants (especially those aren’t serving everyone) are fair game.

        Be well “The Earl”

  • JB

    July 14, 2023 at 12:37 pm

    I’m sure Rhonda knows a lot about HARD power, and learned it from Lindsey Graham.

    Remember, if a man has to go out of their way to advertise they are “masculine,” they aren’t masculine.

    • Earl Pitts "The Earl of Florida" American

      July 14, 2023 at 12:57 pm

      Good afternoon “The JB”.
      I, Earl Pitts “The Earl of Florida” American, have my eye on you.
      Please review the punishment being justly inflicted above on “The JD”, and think to yourself; “but by the grace of Earl there go I”
      I’m watching you,

      • Silly Wabbit

        July 14, 2023 at 4:27 pm

        You kwazy.

  • Josh Green

    July 14, 2023 at 1:38 pm

    “Hard Power” is just another phrase for war.

    Ron DeSantis wants to start World War III with China.

  • Linwood Wright

    July 14, 2023 at 1:54 pm

    Has this clown ever been to Walmart? The place is full of nothing but the poor white trash GOP base who buy all their cheap Chinese made stuff there.

    Where will Earl Pitts buy his wife beater t-shirts and cigarettes from if DeSantis is President?

  • Dont Say FLA

    July 14, 2023 at 2:11 pm

    Perhaps the next time Rhonda stops by Florida, they could speak with Tommy Tuberville just across the state line in Alabama and see about having Rhonda’s GOP buddies stop undermining the military due to their personal vendetta against abortion. ‘Cause “no abortion” won’t be keeping us safe from China or anyone at all.

  • Tom

    July 14, 2023 at 3:30 pm

    So let’s see what’s what here – we turn our back on Ukraine, suck up to Russia and start a war with China – good plan ronnie. God help the world if we elect your dumb ass.

  • Joe

    July 14, 2023 at 4:17 pm

    Pipsqueak wants to start the next world war against China: he is just obsessed with killing people.

  • Silly Wabbit

    July 14, 2023 at 4:28 pm

    He kwazy.

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