Concerns are growing in Grand Forks, North Dakota, over a Chinese Communist Party-affiliated agribusiness with plans to construct a maize mill in close proximity to a major military facility in the state, which is considered to pose national security dangers.
Fufeng USA, a worldwide bio-fermentation corporation, intends to use the corn mill plant to extract components for animal nutrition feed products marketed in North America.
While some local politicians see employment and money for the local population, some US lawmakers are becoming increasingly concerned about larger issues, such as China’s possible access to America’s military secrets.
It is 370 acres in the center of the Red River Valley in Grand Forks, North Dakota. In other words, this is extremely fertile farmland. Grand Forks Air Force Installation, a highly advanced Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) base, is approximately 12 miles away. They operate Global Hawks.
We have just installed a new ground station for the Space Development Agency’s initial satellites. Grand Forks Air Force Base’s uplink-downlink data center is so crucial.
This is troublesome because to its proximity to both critical farmland and an important airbase, according to a statement from the office of US Senator for North Dakota Kevin Cramer.
“I’m more broadly concerned by the fact that China can come in and continually make investments and buy property, enter into our food supply chain right here in the United States. Remember, during the pandemic, it was discovered that China’s ownership of meat processing in the United States made our meat supply vulnerable.
If we haven’t learned about the vulnerability of food supply, energy supply, other critical minerals, and pharmaceuticals from China, we aren’t learning very quickly. I’m very concerned about it. I’ve been opposed to this from the beginning. Quite honestly, I’ve been outspoken about it, but now we’re asking for a further review by CFIUS,” Cramer stated.
Cramer also went on Fox & Friends with Brian Kilmeade on Tuesday, when he addressed his worries with the following statement:
“We’re a very open system, Brian, there’s no question about that. The Chinese have taken advantage of that openness in the United States. We willingly brought them in in many respects, as have a lot of other countries. A lot of other countries have learned their lesson, including countries much closer to China than we are.
We are not desperate for this investment in North Dakota or anywhere in United States, but particularly North Dakota. We can do better than this.
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Thankfully, there are people like Beth and several other concerned citizens who did sound the alarm. I think when the investment opportunity first came it was not known the Chairman was an activist in the Chinese Communist Party. As soon as that became known, we should have gotten out of it.
Now though, we are seeking further review from a national defense perspective. I’m confident that we’ll find lots of concern from the federal government.”
“I think a strategic decoupling from China is absolutely the right move for the United States of America. We ought to be very deliberate about it and we have to be very quick about it.” CONTINUE READING…