As a result, China will be able to use a proposed $700 million corn milling plant on the site to spy on military communications and even disrupt them. In Beijing, they must be shaking their heads in disbelief at the inability of the U.S. to protect some of its most sensitive communications. . . . .
. . . .Fufeng USA, a subsidiary of a Shandong province-based agribusiness giant, is, at least for the moment, free to build its wet corn milling and biofermentation plant in Grand Forks.
Fufeng USA said it was “pleased” with the decision. Chinese war planners must be ecstatic.
“The Chinese will now have the ability to conduct passive, persistent surveillance of both signals controlling experimental drones that are routinely tested at that USAF facility as well as signals that are routinely beamed to and from sensitive U.S. military satellites,” said Brandon Weichert, author of Winning Space: How America Remains a Superpower, to this publication.
Yet that is not all. “The worst-case scenario involves active sabotage of operations at the Grand Forks facility,” Weichert points out. “Should the U.S. and China end up in a shooting war over, say, Taiwan, Fufeng’s property near the Air Force base could be used to send malicious signals to jam passing satellites or disrupt the operation of drones. We have made ourselves vulnerable on our own territory.”
This is not just a theoretical concern. In the Chinese Communist Party’s top-down system, no Chinese entity or individual can resist one of its demands. . . . (read more)
Chinese agribusiness giant Fufeng gets US federal clearance for controversial North Dakota land sale (South China Morning Post, 14 DEC 22)
A US inter-agency body charged with assessing national security risks involving foreign investments announced on Monday it will not block a Chinese agribusiness subsidiary’s proposed US$700 million corn milling project in North Dakota.
After completing a 45-day review, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) concluded that Fufeng USA’s purchase of 150 hectares (370 acres) of land in the city of Grand Forks from a private citizen is “not covered” under its jurisdiction.. . . (read more)