When Sino-US acrimony spills over to home ownership in Texas

A controversial Texas Bill banning property purchases by nationals of hostile nations points to how sour bilateral ties are influencing the actions of US states.

Demonstrators holding a protest in Houston, Texas, against a bill that would forbid Chinese nationals from buying properties in Texas, on Feb 11, 2023. PHOTO: AFP
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WASHINGTON - Standing on the steps of the Texas State Capitol in January, state lawmaker Gene Wu, a Chinese American who was born in China, held up a photo of his childhood home – an idyllic-looking white house bordered by neat hedges and a brick walkway, nestled in the shade of a leafy tree. 

His parents had bought that house in Houston for US$40,000 during their decade-long wait for US citizenship.

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