During an appearance on Newsmax’s “Eric Bolling: The Balance,” Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) asserted that China is buying up U.S. assets, especially agriculture, in order to gain access to our technology to “spy on us” in their effort for “world domination.”
“This is a communist government that oppresses its own people and wants world domination. They’re not here for our benefit,” the Oklahoma Republican said. “They’re not here just so people can make a profit. They’re throwing money around because they’re gaining influence, and they’re getting access to land, into our military bases, to be able to look in and to be able to spy.”
Lankford went on to claim that China was being “slick” through its purchase of assets in the newly forming marijuana industry and bringing in workers as part of its plan to “promulgate drugs across our nation.”
A report from Politico on Monday revealed that House lawmakers have begun trying to pass bipartisan legislation cracking down on China’s purchases of “prime agricultural real estate,” as these purchases could pose a risk to national security by endangering the food supply.
The Politico article also cited a quote from a Wednesday speech by former Vice President Mike Pence, who is also concerned about the amount of access the communist country has to U.S. agriculture.
“America cannot allow China to control our food supply,” Pence said during his speech at the conservative Heritage Foundation, urging President Joe Biden and Congress to “end all farm subsidies for land owned by foreign nationals.”
According to Politico’s report, China controlled approximately $1.9 billion in 192,000 agricultural acres in the U.S. as of January 2020. The communist country also controlled major agribusinesses such as Smithfield foods which produces pork products.
In May, Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) introduced legislation that would ban public or private agricultural land from being purchased by foreign nationals, and prevent them from being included in U.S. Department of Agriculture programs — other than food inspections.
“We hail from the greatest country in the world, and there is simply no reason we should be reliant on a communist country like China for our food supply,” the Washington Republican said in a press release announcing the legislation on May 26. “If we begin to cede the responsibility over our food supply chain to an adversarial foreign nation, we could be forced into exporting food that is grown within our own borders and meant for our own use.”
Newhouse recently warned during a House Appropriations hearing that “the current trend in the U.S. is leading us toward the creation of a Chinese-owned agricultural land monopoly.”
Lankford pointed out that this is something the U.S. needs to keep a close watch on moving forward, noting that the government should monitor the issue in the same way it monitors China stealing intellectual property and new technologies.
“We should be paying attention to this just like we are for other technology,” the Oklahoma congressman said. “Because quite frankly, agriculture is the basis of our economy and modern agriculture is technology based on how we do the planning, how we do the seeds, how we do the development, so that’s all very important to be able to get out there both for food security and our national security.”