As a nation, it makes sense to not allow your main enemy to put up your arable land and so potentially limit your ability to grow food for yourself or stop exporting food to that nation as a negotiation tool.
During the Cold War, for example, America occasionally sold the Soviet Union grain, but it never allowed the Soviets to buy up swathes of US farmland and so grow that grain for itself in America’s fertile fields.
But, though are elites back then weren’t the best, they were certainly smarter than today’s gang of insouciant and vapid “leaders”, “leaders” in both the GOP and Democratic Party who have acted in an insane manner and allowed Red China, America’s current enemy and a potentially more dangerous foe than the Soviet Union, to buy up huge amounts of arable American acreage.
Fortunately, however, a few on the right are finally drawing attention to that issue and calling it out as a dangerous Chinese plot that weakens America’s position and harms her interest.
Newt Gingrich, for example, did so when appearing on Sean Hannity’s program. He, speaking on what the Chinese are up to and the danger posed by their farmland buying spree, said:
“Look we clearly have a very sophisticated Chinese economic warfare in which they are buying up access to be able to surround American military facilities in a way which in a war could become just devastating. It’s very clear and this is across the board… Chinese corporations are allowed to break the rules Americans have to follow.
“The Chinese are routinely subsidizing and bribing professors and researchers…there is no question of China’s waging a soft war against the United States across almost every front and at the same time they’re trying to intimidate us and of course with a weak and confused Biden Administration intimidation is all too easy. Which is why I called for Nancy Pelosi to follow up on her proposal go to Taiwan take a bipartisan congressional delegation and look right in the face the Chinese communists and say you are not going to intimidate the United States.”
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis also commented on the issue of China buying up US farmland, saying, when speaking to Laura Ingraham:
“I don’t think they should be able to do it. I think the problem is these companies have ties to the CCP, and it’s not always apparent on the face of whatever a company is doing — but I think it’s a huge problem.”
Similarly to Gingrich, a group of US Senators such as Marco Rubio and Kevin Cramer expressed concern with the Red Chinese buying up farmland near an important US drone base and so wrote a letter to both Janet Yellen and Lloyd Austin protesting that purchase, saying:
“This property is approximately 12 miles from Grand Forks Air Force Base, which has led to concern that Fufeng operations could provide cover for PRC surveillance or interference with the missions located at that installation, given Fufeng Group’s reported ties to the Chinese Communist Party.
“We note that local officials are seeking input from federal authorities about any national security implications of this project. Local officials have discussed the matter with the U.S. Air Force and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. According to published reports, they also have encouraged Fufeng to make a voluntary CFIUS filing.
“People’s Republic of China investments in the United States demand scrutiny. We therefore urge you, through CFIUS, to determine whether this project has national security implications and inform us when such a review is completed.”