Texas Congressman Chip Roy is putting himself on the map by introducing a bill that would ban members of the Chinese Communist Party from purchasing land in the US.
Anders Corr of the Epoch Times noted that Roy’s bill is short and sweet:
This two-page bill has a potent engine of a single sentence: ‘Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the President shall take such actions as may be necessary to prohibit the purchase of public or private real estate located in the United States by members of the Chinese Communist Party.‘
Roy published a press release that pulled no punches on China.
“In their quest for global domination, China has been buying up land and strategic infrastructure all over the world and in the United States,” Roy declared in his press release. “Direct Chinese investment in the U.S. economy is a major threat to the American way of life and requires that we take serious action to thwart the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) from ever seizing control of strategically valuable domestic assets in the U.S.”
Roy’s bill is titled the Securing America’s Land from Foreign Interference Act. The Texas Congressman claims that “data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows that foreign investors control nearly 30 million acres of U.S. farmland, roughly the size of Ohio. Texas has the second-highest amount of foreign ownership with 3 million acres under foreign control.”
According to the release, an energy company based in China acquired over 130,000 acres in Texas, close to an Air Force base. Roy added that this company “is now attempting to build a wind farm to access the U.S. power grid.”
Roy’s office called attention to the fact that China is the second-largest foreign owner of land in Australia. Shockingly, China owns an Australian island that Australian residents can no longer visit. China apparently leased an airport in Australia for 100 years. As a result of this move, “China owns the airspace and Australian citizens can’t land in their own country without approval from the Chinese government.”
This bill is a solid way of limiting CCP influence without having to use military force. America has a vast amount of land that can be used for commercial purposes and even for those living off grid. This aspect of the US can also be exploited by external actors who would like nothing more than to buy up as much property as possible in order to create de facto forward bases and human intelligence networks within the US realm.
Such methods are unconventional ways for US rivals to project power. Some of the best ways to counter said influence is by restricting immigration and putting forth economic policies that protect America from negative foreign influences.