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A spy balloon floated over most of the continental United States. A Chinese government-linked corporation purchased a plot of land near a sensitive military base.

The recent brushes with China have crystallized a challenge for lawmakers and defense experts that has long sat in the shadows — Beijing’s steadily increasing share of U.S. land poses a serious “national security threat.”

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While China is known to own just a fraction of American agricultural land — a little less than 1% of all foreign-held land, according to the Department of Agriculture — its investment in agricultural holdings has increased dramatically in recent years. Chinese investors owned just 69,295 acres of American land at the end of 2011, according to the USDA, but by the end of 2021, Chinese investors controlled 383,935 acres.

A local city council finally rejecting the Chinese government-linked Fufeng Group’s plans for a site very close to Grand Forks Air Force Base in North Dakota helped highlight the issue, but the episode also revealed the federal government’s apparent hesitance to act.

“Allowing Chinese companies with connections to the party-state to buy strategically important land in the United States is a national security threat,” Sen. Marco Rubio (F-FL), vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, told the Washington Examiner. “We need to treat the Chinese Communist Party for what it is — our greatest adversary.”

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