Dozens of House Republicans have told the Biden administration they are concerned that a Chinese company’s purchase of farmland near a military base in North Dakota would jeopardize national security.
In a new letter signed by 50 colleagues and sent to Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, Florida Republican Rep. Carlos Jimenez, The purchase of Fufeng Group near the Grand Forks Air Force Base sounded the alarm. They worry that the company will get along too well with Beijing’s Communist government.
“Grand Forks Air Force Base has exceptional intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities, making the recently purchased land an ideal location for close surveillance and interception of military activity,” the lawmakers wrote in a letter obtained by Fox News. “The presence of CCP-linked companies near military installations could compromise the integrity of our high-capacity military bases, thereby jeopardizing our strategic interests.”
They said the acquisition would set a bad precedent and could lead to new acquisitions by companies linked to the Communist government.
They also said foreign companies have disproportionately large stakes in U.S. agricultural land — 37.6 million acres as of 2021.
“This trend is expected to increase in the coming years, raising concerns about its potential negative impact on domestic food production and national food security,” they wrote.
Fufeng’s decision through its Fufeng US subsidiary to buy 300 acres of land 12 miles from Grand Forks Air Force Base for $2.3 million has sparked local debate in Grand Forks.
Some local politicians and Republican Gov. Doug Burgum said the company’s plan to invest in a large food factory would create good jobs, while others said the company and its potential ties to the Communist government Worried and even took a hammer and sickle to protest signs in their yard.
The mayor of Grand Forks recently said the city would suspend construction of the plant while the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States completes a federal national security review.
Fufeng USA told the Grand Fox Herald it was cooperating with the review and “looks forward to successfully completing the CFIUS process and will work towards that goal.”