A Chinese food manufacturer has purchased 300 acres of farmland in North Dakota, 20 minutes from Grand Forks Air Force Base.
Given Beijing’s aspiration to overtake the United States as the world’s preeminent superpower in the near future, the acquisition is noteworthy.
Grand Forks Air Force Base has some of the nation’s most sensitive military drone technology, according to CNBC.
It also has a new space networking center, which, according to a senator from North Dakota, serves as “the backbone of all U.S. military communications worldwide.”
According to the Grand Forks Herald, Fufeng USA, a subsidiary of the Fufeng Group located in Shandong, China, purchased the site in order to construct a maize mill.
The corporation acquired three separate parcels of property totaling 300 acres.
Gary Bridgeford, who sold his property for $2,600,000, feels the national security fears surrounding the transaction are exaggerated.
“How would they gain any knowledge of the base? It’s about 12 miles away. It isn’t like it’s next door,” he told CNBC.
People are concerned when they hear about China, Bridgeford remarked. “However, everyone carries a phone that was likely manufactured in China. Where is the dividing line?”
Brandon Bochenski, mayor of Grand Forks, is in favor of the proposed $700 million milling factory that will generate over 200 direct employment.
He is aware that the land’s closeness to Grand Forks AFB poses a possible security risk, but he believes the Air Force is in the best position to analyze the threat.
More on this story via The Western Journal:
Though the military has not taken an official position, a memo written by Air Force Maj. Jeremy Fox addressed some security issues the proximity of the Fufeng milling facility presents.
He wrote that passive receiving equipment could be set up to intercept sensitive drone and space-based communications to and from the base, according to CNBC.
“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,” he explained in the memo. CONTINUE READING…