Rep. Dan Meuser (R-PA) is criticizing the Biden administration for being slow to react to China’s land grab of property across the U.S., arguing that the actions of the communist country are “a threat.”
Appearing on Newsmax’s “America Right Now,” Meuser argued that the purchase of land by foreign countries requires a high level of scrutiny to protect the United States against nations that engage in adversarial activities, yet the Biden administration has allowed these purchases to be made by China.
“We do have a level of scrutiny on foreign purchases, particularly on countries that are engaged in terrorist activities and such,” the Pennsylvania Republican said. “The Committee on Foreign Investments has overview; the Treasury Department has the weighted decision-making; and very unfortunately, there have been purchases made by the People’s Republic of China and other Chinese firms that the Department of Defense, the intelligence agencies, recommended a no, that the purchase not be made, and yet it was overridden by the Treasury.”
“Now this division, the Committee on Foreign Investment, was reformed in 2018,” Meuser added. “But you know what? Under the circumstances, with all this purchasing that China is attempting to make, it’s probably due for new reforms.”
According to information from the Department of Agriculture, China owns over 191,000 acres of land across the United States, while Chinese company Fufeng Group recently purchased 300 acres in North Dakota for $2.6 million.
Several government officials, along with North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum, have expressed concern regarding Fufeng Group’s land purchase — pointing out that the land is located only about 12 miles from Grand Forks Air Force Base, which houses important military drone technology.
Sen. Kevin Cramer (R-ND) is also speaking out about the purchase, tweeting: “I’m concerned about the proximity to the airbase, but I’m more broadly concerned about China continually making investments, buying property, & entering into the American food supply chain.”
I’m concerned about the proximity to the airbase, but I’m more broadly concerned about China continually making investments, buying property, & entering into the American food supply chain. pic.twitter.com/v5jmYNRFgo
— Sen. Kevin Cramer (@SenKevinCramer) July 20, 2022
In May, the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission reported on the Fufeng Group’s ties to the Chinese government.
“It’s very surprising because they do have restrictions in North Dakota,” Meuser told Newsmax.
“But they are buying acres near military bases, both in Texas and in North Dakota and other states,” he continued. “As a matter of fact, my colleague, Rep. Tony Gonzalez, recommended a ‘no’ to turn down the purchase of acreage in Texas near a military base; and it was actually overwritten. This was just in the last year.”
“So, look, we need a higher level of scrutiny; and we’re not alone,” the GOP congressman added. “China is engaged in this sort of activity in the U.K. and other countries as well.”
Meuser concluded that the U.S. needs to look after America first and “it will if Republicans are put in charge of the House.”