Saturday, October 8, 2022

THEY'RE HERE: House Republicans Sound Alarm Over Chinese Investment in U.S. Farmland; China Opened Illegal Police Station in NYC to Prosecute Its Nationals, and related stories

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House Republicans sound alarm over Chinese investment in U.S. farmland:
Call on GAO to probe national security threat
House Republicans are calling for a federal investigation into foreign investment in U.S. farmland as concern grows over Chinese acquisitions that lawmakers say pose a threat to national security.
In a letter to the Government Accountability Office comptroller general Gene Dodaro on Monday, 128 lawmakers led by the top Republicans on the House Oversight and Agriculture committees, Rep. James Comer of Kentucky and Glenn Thompson of Pennsylvania, respectively, said current efforts to track foreign investment are unreliable and could leave the U.S. vulnerable.
“China’s ownership of U.S. farmland is a threat to our food security and national security.” Mr. Comer said in a statement. “We are calling on the Government Accountability Office to report on the scope of this threat to our food supply to inform Congress how we can best protect the security of the American people.”
Foreign investments in U.S. land have nearly doubled over the past decade, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture figures.
The USDA’s most recent report tracking foreign holdings through the end of 2020 showed an acceleration in foreign investment in U.S. agricultural land since 2015, in particular.
The report showed that foreign holdings increased at an average of 2.2 million acres annually between 2015 and 2020, up from less than one million acres per year from 2009 to 2015. --->READ MORE HERE
China Opened Illegal Police Station in NYC to Prosecute its Nationals:
China opened a police office in the U.S. to monitor its citizens living abroad.
Not only has the Chinese regime sent spies to the U.S. and managed to plagiarize confidential information and intellectual property, but it has now also set up a “police service station” located in New York.
A report by Safeguard Defenders, a human rights organization, denounced that these operations violate the international rule of law and “may violate the territorial integrity in third countries involved in setting up a parallel policing mechanism using illegal methods.”
The report notes that Europe hosts most of the police stations, but North America also hosts four of the stations, with three locations in Toronto and one in NYC.
The NGO argues that the stations have been used to enhance China’s law enforcement capabilities abroad, in possible violation of international law, with potential human rights abuses including the use of harassment and intimidation methods, such as threatening family members of citizens abroad. --->READ MORE HERE
Follow links below to related stories:

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