Senators introduce bill to stop China from buying US real estate
Two Republican Senators have introduced a bill to ban members of the Chinese Communist Party, or anyone working for the CCP, from buying real estate in the United States. Senators Tom Cotton and Tommy Tuberville say 14 states have foreign investment restrictions, but there is nothing at the federal level.
Senator Cotton said in a statement quote: “Chinese investments in American farmland put our food security at risk and provide opportunities for Chinese espionage against our military bases and critical infrastructure.”
That includes a Chinese company’s purchase of 300 acres in North Dakota, approximately 16 miles from a US air force base. According to a USDA report, foreign investors owned 37.6 million acres of forest and farmland in the United States at the end of 2020.
That was a massive increase compared to a decade ago. From 2009 to 2015, foreign held land in the US increased an average of 800,000 acres per year.
From 2015 to 2020, foreign held land increased by 2.2 million acres per year. Chinese investor’s holdings followed that trend, growing from just 13,700 acres in 2010 to more than 350,000 in 2020. Straight from DC, I’m Ray Bogan.