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Report: China Owns Farmland Next to 19 Military Bases

By    |   Thursday, 20 June 2024 05:37 PM EDT

China owns farmland near 19 U.S. military bases across the country, according to the New York Post, raising fears of espionage and sabotage by communist agents.

The bases adjacent to Chinese-owned land include some of the most strategically important installations, including Fort Liberty in Fayetteville, North Carolina, Fort Cavazos in Killeen, Texas, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton in San Diego, California, and MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida.

"It is concerning due to the proximity to strategic locations," retired Air Force Brig. Gen. Robert S. Spalding III told the Post. His work focuses on U.S.-China relations.

"These locations can be used to set up intelligence collection sites and the owners can be influential in local politics as we have seen in the past," he said. "It is alarming we do not have laws on the books that would prevent the Chinese from buying property in the U.S."

Using farming as a cover, Chinese landowners could use radar and infra-red scanning to view bases, install tracking technology, conduct reconnaissance, and attempt to fly drones over installations, the Post's sources said.

The Wall Street Journal reported in September that there were more than 100 attempts to breach military facilities by Chinese nationals in recent years, including entering a missile range in New Mexico and scuba divers who were found near a rocket-launch site in Florida.

The FBI has labeled the Chinese government a "grave threat" to the United States and agency Director Christopher Wray said in April that Chinese hackers have infiltrated critical U.S. infrastructure and are waiting "for just the right moment to deal a devastating blow."

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has also warned of Chinese spies slipping across the U.S-Mexico border disguised as migrants to "employ economic espionage." According to the DHS' Homeland Threat Assessment for 2024, these spies "seek to illicitly acquire our technologies and intellectual property."

Morgan Lerette, a former contractor for private military contractor Blackwater, told the Post that the Chinese "are, or will, use this farmland to learn more about U.S. military capabilities, movements, and technology."

"This will allow them to better understand how to transition their military from a defensive strategy to an expeditionary one," Lerette said.

They will figure out "how to move forces quickly for conflicts such as taking Taiwan and how and when U.S. forces would respond to their incursions based on troop movement at these bases," he said.

He added that China will be monitoring troop movements onto and off of bases in an effort to form an idea of behavior and movement patterns.

"It would allow the Chinese to research what is moving and how to combat it," Lerette said. "It's easy to identify mobilization if you know what to look for."

Chinese investors owned 349,442 acres of American farmland as of Dec. 31, 2022, according to the latest analysis from the Farm Service Agency of the United States Department of Agriculture.

Nicole Wells

Nicole Wells, a Newsmax general assignment reporter covers news, politics, and culture. She is a National Newspaper Association award-winning journalist.

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China owns farmland near 19 U.S. military bases across the country, according to the New York Post, raising fears of espionage and sabotage by communist agents.
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