The Chinese threat to American food security

China bought American farmland and for some reason people don’t care.

Perhaps they don’t know that China’s US farmland has increased more than tenfold in the past decade. Perhaps they don’t know that at the start of 2020, Chinese investments held $2 billion of US farmland. Maybe they don’t know that 2021 was the 10e consecutive year, America’s trade deficit with China exceeded $300 billion. Perhaps they don’t know that China has 50% of the world’s corn reserves. But I am not.

China is slowly but surely acquiring more land and resources outside its own borders, and right now it is targeting America. I want to be very clear: this is not something to be taken lightly.

The Chinese Communist Party and the government of the People’s Republic of China are not our allies. China is controlled by a ruthless communist regime that suppresses domestic opposition and undermines American interests. And for years, America’s reliance on China has been a growing threat to our national security. After decades of well-known wrongdoings, human rights violations and manipulation of American intellectual property, it is time to seriously reduce our dependence on China and its role in the supply chains. supplying our country – the United States cannot become dependent on China for our domestic market. agriculture and food supply.

We are from the greatest country in the world and there is simply no reason for us to be dependent on a communist country like China. If we begin to cede responsibility for our food supply chain to an opposing foreign nation, we may be forced to export food grown within our own borders for our own use. Conversely, by strengthening American agriculture, we can create jobs, strengthen our economy, and improve our domestic supply chain in the future.

Two weeks ago, the U.S.-China Economic Review and Security Commission released a report echoing my concerns: “If further Chinese consolidation and investment in U.S. agricultural assets takes place, China could have a excessive leverage on US supply chains.

China is many things, but it is not an ally of the United States. The Chinese Communist Party is a national security threat that seeks to rebuild the world order in its own image and is willing to play the long game to achieve this goal. We must stop pretending that China is an ally, and instead recognize that it is an adversary

The facts are clear: We must bolster our domestic production and prevent adversaries from gaining a foothold in our supply chain before it’s too late, and I’m proud to lead that charge in Congress.

I introduced legislation that would prohibit the purchase of public or private agricultural land in the United States by foreign nationals associated with the government of the People’s Republic of China. In addition, the legislation would prohibit the same associations from participating in any United States Department of Agriculture program except food safety inspections.

I will continue to stand up to China and all of our foreign adversaries on behalf of the people of central Washington and the United States, because food security is national security. And when China buys US agricultural assets, yes, you should be concerned.

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