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A recent purchase of farmland in North Dakota by a Chinese company has caused alarm among lawmakers and analysts who fear potential espionage. The 300-acre farm, situated just 12 miles from Grand Forks Air Force Base where sensitive military drone technology is kept, was sold to Fufeng Group. Those familiar with Chinese espionage methods believe the farmland could be used as a staging ground for spying operations.
The Fufeng Group’s purchase is just one of many agricultural acquisitions made by Chinese interests in the United States in recent years. While some claim these purchases are simply part of China’s efforts to secure its food supply, others believe they may be part of a larger strategy to gain access to American military technology.
Gordon Chang, a senior fellow at the Gatestone Institute, recently spoke out against the sale of farmland to Fufeng Group.
Chang argues that this purchase could allow the Chinese government to gain information about the military drones at Grand Forks Air Force Base. He calls the sale “impossibly stupid,” and urges lawmakers to take action.