Governor Kristi Noem (R-SD) has advanced a bill to the legislature that would create a state-level equal to the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) in order to regulate the purchase of American land by foreign powers. In particular, she is pushing to restrain the Chinese Communist Party from purchasing vast tracts of land in her state telling reporters, “this is a national security issue.”
In an interview with Breitbart on SiriusXM 125 the Patriot Channel, Noem said,
“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,” Adding, “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.”
Sharing the video of her address introducing the bill Noem tweeted, “We cannot allow Chinese interests to purchase any South Dakota ag land, much less land near any military base or critical state infrastructure. South Dakota will set the example here, too. Under my watch as Governor, the CCP will not have any influence on our state.”
Under my watch as Governor, the CCP will not have any influence on our state. pic.twitter.com/4eXZhpJZtR
— Kristi Noem (@KristiNoem) January 11, 2023
“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,” Noem told Breitbart.“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.”
During the interview, Noem referred back to news from last year that Chinese buyers were particularly interested in purchasing land either nearby or adjacent to U.S. Military installations in North Dakota.
As reported by CNN‘s Katie Bo Lillis citing a source within the Department of Justice, the CCP, through different actors such as Huawei, ZTE, and prominent Chinese-American businesswoman Wendi Deng Murdoch, engaged in multiple projects near or adjacent to sensitive U.S. military installations that could “impact our ability for essentially command and control with the nuclear triad.”
“That goes into the ‘BFD’ [Big F****** Deal] category.” the CNN source added.
Noem told Breitbart, “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,” the Republican governor stated. “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.”