Such an acquisition is an “alarming development for our national security,” the lawmakers, led by Rep. Carlos Gimenez (R-Fla.), wrote in a letter dated Sept. 26 to Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, according to a copy obtained by The Epoch Times.
The transaction in question concerns Fufeng Group, a major producer of food additives in China with links to the Chinese Communist Party. Fufeng recently purchased 370 acres of land in Grand Forks, North Dakota, where it plans to build a corn mill.
The site is roughly 12 miles from the Grand Forks Air Force Base, which is home to sensitive U.S. drone, satellite, and surveillance technology.
The land acquired by Fufeng would become “the ideal location to closely monitor and intercept” the military base’s “exceptional intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance capabilities,” they wrote.