Appearing over the weekend on Sirius 125, South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem discussed her recent proposal to stop Red China from buying up land in South Dakota and how the special interests in her state are fighting back against that proposed law.
Speaking about that, she started off by describing the Red Chinese as an “enemy”, saying “I think all of us can agree as Americans that China shouldn’t be buying up land in the United States. They are an enemy. They are an evil government built on Communism and taking away freedom. That isn’t something we should allow to have a presence here in our great country.”
Continuing, she went on to note how she has fought against China so far and what her land purchase bill would do to restrain China, saying:
“We took action a couple months ago to ban TikTok on state devices, and we saw many other states follow that lead. And also now, the federal government took action to ban that device that China is using to collect information on our citizens.
“Then, I took it a step further with our proposing this bill that I’d like our legislature to pass. It says any land purchased by a foreign entity in South Dakota will come to the CFIUS board, where they will evaluate if it’s an enemy of the United States of America, including China, and then the governor will make a decision on if we want to reject that purchase and not allow it to happen.”
Emphasizing the importance of the move and why she thinks the threat is urgent, Noem went on to describe how the Chinese are buying up land near Air Force bases, saying:
“This is an issue that came up months ago when we saw a land purchase in North Dakota, our neighbors to the north, where a Chinese entity bought up land next to their Air Force Base, saying they were going to build a corn plant, but there wasn’t enough even corn grown in that area to sustain a facility like that, and it came under question.
“I think we all agree that we shouldn’t allow our enemies to have a presence, especially close to our national security infrastructure. We have Ellsworth Air Force base, which is going to be the home of the B21s. We want to make sure that those who have the chance to purchase land here in our state love America and that they want to do good, not do us harm.”
Continuing on that line, she noted that the B-21, America’s new stealth bomber, coming to South Dakota makes keeping the CCP out all the more important, saying:
“We also agree that this is a national security issue and that protecting America is important and that this has been a real threat to our country, and with the B21 coming to South Dakota, we are a target for exactly the kinds of activities that China is doing in other places, such as buying up land and assets and from other countries that hate us.”
Wrapping up by describing the massive scope of the problem, Noem then said:
“This is important to the citizens of South Dakota. We need a solution to make sure we know who’s buying land in our state and we know that they’re friendly to the United States and that they actually want to do business here not harm us. We’ve seen that other countries have purchased large amounts of land in other parts of the country; 40 million acres of ag land in the United States is held by foreign countries. It’s not as much of a problem in South Dakota, but South Dakota can be in front of this and make sure we’re only selling land to, and purchases are only going to people who want to help our state and our country.”
Noem’s bill, if passed by the South Dakota legislature, would create a South Dakota version of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) that would determine whether foreign entities buying land in the state should be able to and block those purchases as it sees fit.
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