Report: Chinese Ownership of U.S. Farmland Near Military Bases Up 2000% Since 2010
First TikTok, then spy balloons, and now American farmland is shifting into focus as a critical point of contention between the United States and Communist China. A recent report details a disturbing effort by Chinese companies to buy up farmland near U.S. military bases.
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Fox Business reported Monday that Chinese ownership of U.S. farmland has skyrocketed over the past decade, increasing 20-fold from $81 million in 2010 to $1.9 billion in 2021. Chinese landowners are estimated to control over 383,000 acres of U.S. farmland, including locations near military sites.
The report also referenced the Fufeng Group, a China-based chemical company that recently acquired 300 acres of land in Grand Forks, North Dakota. The operation is just 12 miles from Grand Forks Air Base, which Fox describes as a “home to U.S. intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance units, and top-secret drone technology.”
China’s land grab poses a substantial national security threat.
Michael Pillsbury, Trump’s top White House advisor on China, told Fox Business Network, “It’s a very important subject, and it’s a good example of a larger problem,”
“There needs to be a law passed by both houses, signed by the president monitoring this or saying it cannot be done if it’s so many hundreds of miles away from an Air Force base. But there’s no action by Congress.”
The U.S. Air Force reportedly sent a letter to North Dakota Senator John Hoeven pleading for legislation addressing the national security concerns. “A letter doesn’t stop anything,” Pillsbury said.
“That’s not the way policy is made… There has to be legal action taken. It has become a crime, for example, to do some of the things that are being done to help China in our country. There’s no sign that’s happening at all. That’s what concerns me the most.”
There have been some attempts by lawmakers to call attention to the issue. Senator Mike Rounds, R-SD, has reportedly been lobbying his senate colleagues to draft a bill to prevent Chinese farmland acquisition.
But the most decisive action to prohibit Chinese investments in American farmland is likely to come from the state governments. According to the National Agricultural Law Center, 22 states are weighing measures to restrict foreign land ownership.
Just last week, Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin released a video calling on the general assembly to “prohibit dangerous foreign entities tied to the CCP from purchasing Virginia’s farmland.” Youngkin had previously blocked plans by Ford Motors to construct a plant in partnership with a Chinese company.
In January, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis issued a stern warning to Chinese investors about buying up his state’s farmland,
“If you look at the Chinese Communist Party, they’ve been very active throughout the Western Hemisphere in gobbling up land… That is not in the best interests of Florida to have the Chinese Communist Party owning farmland, owning land close to military bases.”
Florida CFO Jimmy Patronis agreed,
“I applaud the governor’s leadership on this issue when we have got a Biden administration [with] their globalist policies… It’s not like leaving a key under the mat… They leave the whole damn house open.”
Governor DeSantis has said he is considering a ban on a ban on certain Chinese investments in Florida land.
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