“Significant Threat To National Security”: US Air Force Warns Over Chinese Corn Mill In North Dakota

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Why Americans are having a hard time explaining to Democrats that it is not a good idea to sell our land and national sovereignty to our sworn enemies is baffling to anyone with common sense, but in general many of our elected civil servants are extremely greedy and would prefer to make some money than worry about the health and well being of people they honestly do not care at all about.

The battle to keep Communists, who have declared war on the United States of America, from owning our important land and infrastructure has hit peak absurdity, and finally, the US Military has had to intervene on a group of moronic elected officials who were opening the door to a massive land grab by a foreign country who plans to displace Americans from America.

Dr. Lee Edwards reported for The Heritage Foundation in 2021, about the escalation of a soft war between China and the United States which feels headed toward hardness:

The facts are indisputable: Communist China is waging a sophisticated “soft” war against America with a two-fold goal: to challenge the United States as the world’s leading superpower and to supplant its dominant position in China’s neighborhood. Communist China’s strategy touches every aspect of our society—economic, technological, educational, political, even cultural.

With a GDP of $14 trillion, a population of 1.4 billion brimming with confidence and nationalist fervor, and an assertive Communist Party commanding a modern military, China is determined to again become the Middle Kingdom and to erase the humiliation of Western dominance of China over much of the last two centuries.

China’s calculated use of “hard power”—its offensive weapons buildup, its draconian suppression of free speech and assembly in Hong Kong, the constant military maneuvers and warnings aimed at Taiwan, and the “colonization” of the South China Sea—are troubling enough. But we should also focus on China’s use of “soft power,” especially through its United Front Work Department (UFW). Although benign sounding, the UFW “aims to influence the policies of foreign states toward Chinese ends, through means that may be legal, illegal, or exploit gray areas,” June Teufel Dreyer writes in a 2018 Foreign Policy Research Institute report. Target #1 of China’s global offensive is the United States.

So why would North Dakota sell it’s land to the enemies of the United States of America? And what can be done about it?

Zerohedge reported with updates about what is happening in the state:

The US Air Force has warned that the construction of a Chinese-owned corn mill in North Dakota poses a “significant threat to national security.”

Grand Forks Air Force Base located 12 miles from proposed building site of Chinese-owned corn mill in North Dakota.

The company which owns the mill is Fufeng Group, an MSG and xantham gum manufacturer based in Shandong province, China, bought 370 acres of farmland in Grand Forks – along with the promise that the $700 million site would economically benefit the region.

According to GOP Sens. John Hoeven and Kevin Cramer, however, the Air Force says: “the proposed project presents a significant threat to national security with both near- and long-term risks of significant impacts to our operations in the area,” though the military branch declined to state specific threats.

Thousands of residents have speculated that the corn mill might be used for spying, however.

In August of last year, at least 5,000 residents signed a petition aimed at preventing the mill’s construction. Mayor Brandon Bochenski, while initially supportive of the mill, came out on Tuesday saying that it should be stopped.

“The federal government has requested the city’s help in stopping the project as geo-political tensions have greatly increased since the initial announcement of the project,” he said, adding that he would block construction by denying building permits and refusing to connect city infrastructure to the site, Yahoo News reported more details:

The construction of a Chinese-owned corn mill in North Dakota will likely be halted after the U.S. Air Force flagged it as a “significant threat to national security.”

Fufeng USA’s Chief Operating Officer Eric Chutorash has since denied that the mill would be used to spy on or harm the U.S.

The corn mill was proposed to be built 12 miles away from the Grand Forks Air Force Base, which is home to U.S. intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance units, including its top-secret drone technology. 

The turnabout in the project comes during a period of rising suspicion against China and the U.S’ longstanding trade relationship with the East Asian nation. Several states have reportedly considered bills to limit or ban Chinese land ownership.

In Feb. 2022, an AZ Republican bill sought to ban Chinese communists from owning land in Arizona

According to NetShark.com:

The legislation, introduced by State Sen. Wendy Rogers (R-Flagstaff), was inspired by a similar bill in Texas that prevents businesses from China, Russia, Iran and North Korea from accessing the state’s electrical grid.

As of early 2020, Chinese interests owned about 192,000 acres of land in the U.S., according to the Department of Agriculture.

From ND Senator Hoven’s press statement:

As the Air Force states in their letter issued today:

“Grand Forks Air Force Base is the center of military activities related to both air and space operations.”

“While CFIUS concluded that it did not have jurisdiction, the Department’s view is unambiguous: the proposed project presents a significant threat to national security with both near- and long-term risks of significant impacts to our operations in the area.”

“City leaders have asked for clarity from leaders in the federal government regarding the Fufeng project. The Air Force left ambiguity off the table when they said: ‘The proposed project presents a significant threat to national security with both near- and long-term risks of significant impacts to our operations in the area.’

As we have recommended, we believe the city should discontinue the Fufeng project and instead we should work together to find an American company to develop the agriculture project,” said the senators.

Click here for the full text of the Air Force’s letter.


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