If you have land surrounding a military base that isn’t directly owned by the government or contractor that can be checked in on to ensure it is remaining loyal, it might make sense to at least stop enemy powers from owning that land surrounding the military base, right?
Well, yes, in a reasonable world or one with at least a few intelligent people in it, that would be the case. The British Navy wouldn’t have let the Germans buy the land around Scapa Flow, the Wehrmacht certainly wouldn’t have invited the British or Americans to buy up land surrounding its military bases, and it’s improbably that Stalin would have been happy had the US tried buying up land surrounding Soviet atomic bomb testing sites, as just a few modern examples.
In fact, it seems improbable that most great powers of history would have let enemy nations buy up their arable land given how important food is for a populace; letting the enemy own any of that land, much less land near a military base, seems like a very bad idea.
Yet now the US is letting Red China buy up farmland near one of its drone bases. Yes, really. 300-acre farm was just sold to Fufeng Group, a Red Chinese company. That farm is just 12 miles from Grand Forks Air Force Base, a base which houses sophisticated military drone technology. As the New York Post reported:
Fufeng Group said it is planning to use the land to build a $700 million corn milling plant that would create at least 200 jobs as well as residual opportunities for logistics, trucking, and other services.
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.”
Sen. Kevin Cramer (R-ND) has also expressed opposition to the presence of Fufeng Group, which he views as a front for the Chinese government.
“I think we grossly under appreciate how effective they are at collecting information, collecting data, using it in nefarious ways,” Cramer told CNBC.
Gordon Chang, a senior fellow at the Gatestone Institute and highly respected China hawk, tore into the sale when speaking about it to FNC’s Tucker Carlson, calling the move “impossibly stupid.”
In his words:
“First of all, the Chinese are extremely aggressive,” he said. “But the more important story is that we are letting them do this. We are letting them buy a parcel 12 miles from a sensitive military facility where with passive listening equipment they can figure out almost everything we’re doing with those drones. This just is impossibly stupid.”
But this is clown world and Biden’s America, so the Red Chinese are allowed to set up shop right next to one of our important drone bases, a position from which they will almost certainly spy on us.