Republican Senator Kevin Cramer recently informed Newsmax about a letter he signed, which called for a full investigation into the farmland purchased by Fufeng Group.
The China-based group recently purchased a large tract of land located near an air base, which attracted substantial interest due to possible national security concerns.
During an interview on “The Record with Greta Van Susteren,” Cramer detailed how he, along with Senator John Hoeven and Senator Marco Rubio, are aiming for a national security review of land purchased by the foreign food manufacturer.
“This particular investment, the Fufeng investment, is 370 acres that will become a corn milling plant within 12 miles of the Grand Forks Air Force Base,” the North Dakota senator remarked, adding that the land constitutes “a very important intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance base,” which is also known as an ISR base.
Cramer also observed that the Grand Forks base would serve as a site for flying the Northrop Grumman RQ-4 Global Hawk fighter jets, as well as continue undertaking critical ISR missions.
The timing of the purchase is also suspicious, per Cramer, given the recent developments that had occurred near the area.
“We just cut the ribbon a couple of weeks ago on a space development agency, a ground control system for … satellites,” Cramer added, underscoring the importance of determining the Chinese company’s motives for that particular tract of land.
“Needless to say, [there is] a lot of sensitive data … that could easily be interfered with or stolen” Cramer continued.
In conjunction with Senators Rubio and Hoeven, Cramer sent a letter to Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, urging that investments from the PRC, or People’s Republic of China, in the United States should demand more “scrutiny” than ever.
“We therefore urge you … to determine whether this project has national security implications and inform us when such a review is completed,” the senators wrote.