“They want to become the world’s dominating power. The only way that they do that is by eliminating the United States of America.”
Governor Kristi Noem of South Dakota is vocalizing serious concerns about the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) growing influence in the United States, particularly through the strategic acquisition of American farmland. This issue, she believes, is not just an economic concern but a significant national security threat, highlighting the potential dangers of foreign adversaries owning land near critical U.S. defense infrastructure.
The Governor’s alarm is underscored by startling figures: over a ten-year period, Chinese purchases of American agricultural land have surged by an astonishing 5,300%. “They aggressively changed their tactics to start buying up our land, and they’re buying our land near our strategic Air Force bases, our national defense resources,” Noem stated in an interview. She further elaborated on the severity of the situation, asserting, “They want to become the world’s dominating power. The only way that they do that is by eliminating the United States of America.”
In response to these concerns, Governor Noem is advocating for federal legislation to address this encroachment. She is a staunch supporter of a bill proposed by Chairman Gallagher, which seeks to prevent China and other adversarial nations from purchasing U.S. farmland, especially near key national security locations. This bill would enhance the authority of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), allowing it to more effectively scrutinize and potentially block such land purchases.
Moreover, Governor Noem’s approach extends to the financial arena, where she endorses the PRC Accountability and Divestment Act of 2023, introduced by U.S. Representative Dusty Johnson. This act would enable states to divest taxpayer funds from companies linked to the CCP. Governor Noem emphasizes the importance of this measure, stating, “America needs to wake up and recognize that aggressive action needs to happen. We’ve been working to address it in our state. But Congress needs to take action.”
The Governor’s concerns also reflect her extensive experience in food policy, where she has observed China’s strategic movements. “I’ve watched them buy up our fertilizer companies, our chemical companies. They own our processing systems. Now they’re purchasing up our land,” Noem recounted, highlighting the multifaceted nature of the CCP’s approach to gaining leverage in the United States.
Governor Noem’s advocacy for a robust response to these threats, both at the state and federal levels, underscores the urgency of addressing these issues to safeguard U.S. national security.
Remember, when an enemy says he intends to kill you, believe him.