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Are Chinese companies buying land near US air force bases?

Drone landing at Grand Forks Air Force Base in North Dakota.
Credit: Johnny Saldivar/US Air Force/Wikipedia/Public Domain

Questions are being raised after a Chinese company bought 300 acres of land near a US Air Force base in North Dakota this year, the New York Post reports.

The land near the Grand Forks Air Force Base was purchased by the Fufeng Group headquartered in Communist China. The company, which specializes in sugar substitutes, says it plans to build a corn milling plant on the site.

Concerns are being raised because the air base uses high-level drone technology. The New York Post explains:

But US military officials are raising the alarm nonetheless. Senior Air Force officers circulated a memo in April warning that the presence of Fufeng Group in Grand Forks, a town of just 60,000 people, was a national security threat.

“Some of the most sensitive elements of Grand Forks exist with the digital uplinks and downlinks inherent with unmanned air systems and their interaction with space-based assets,” wrote US Air Force Maj. Jeremy Fox.

A Chinese firm with close proximity to such data “would present a costly national security risk causing grave damage to United States’ strategic advantages.”

READ: Chinese firm bought North Dakota farm near US Air Force drone base: report

Chinese company buys land near Laughlin Air Force Base

This is not the first time, a corporation based in Communist China bought land near a US air force base.

A Chinese company bought land near Laughlin Air Force Base in Texas two years ago. It wants to use the land for windmills.

In 2020, The Western Journal provided more information on this purchase, alleging:

A China-based company’s proposal to build a wind farm a few dozen miles away from Laughlin Air Force Base in Texas is raising red flags about national security concerns and potential espionage.

The Blue Hills Wind development project, located not far from America’s border with Mexico, is being proposed by GH America Energy, a subsidiary of Guanghui Energy Company, which is owned by a former Chinese army officer, according to Foreign Policy. […]

“This gets to a larger debate about China’s economic system itself, about the division between the state and private sector,” Ashley Feng of the Center for a New American Security told Foreign Policy. “Are Chinese private firms that are going abroad and acquiring technology and companies and land, are they actually acting independently from the state? That’s a blurred line.”

READ: Espionage Fears as China Buys Up US Land Just a Stone’s Throw from Major Air Base

More on the land purchase near Laughlin Air Base

And in Canada

Last year, a Chinese company tried to buy a gold mine in Canada’s arctic. The mine came with a port located on Canada’s Northwest Passage.

True North explains the problem:

“This thing has a port attached to it. [China has] written a paper saying they want to be a near-Arctic power. Well, this gives them actual Arctic access,” Fraser [a retired Canadian Major General] told the Globe and Mail.

If you look at what they have done on the South China Sea to extend their area of influence – what’s to stop them, once they get squatter’s rights and get into this port, of doing the same thing up there?”

READ: Former major-general urges Canada to reject Chinese purchase of arctic gold mine

Fortunately, the deal was blocked over security concerns. READ: Trudeau rejected the purchase of Canadian Arctic, a gold mine in the Northwest Territories

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