For decades, the Chinese Communist Party has been legally buying American farmland. Most recently, a Chinese government-linked purchase was made in North Dakota near a military air base.
Republican South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem sees this as a threat to United States national security.
Noem and other South Dakota lawmakers are advancing bills to curb Chinese access to American land, banning state employees and contractors from using TikTok due to its ties to China last year.
In the same year, she emphasized that the state no longer held investments with China.
In an interview with Fox News, Noem addressed the state’s legislative action, saying, “When you have a lack of leadership in the White House, we have to do what we can do to protect our people.”
Noem has planned a series of three policy speeches in Washington.
According to an article by Fox News, Noem plans to use her first speech at the America First Policy Institute on Feb. 15 to stress South Dakota's response to the Chinese Communist Party threat.
“Make no mistake that China, the Chinese Communist Party, is trying to infiltrate every single aspect of American life,” Noem said in her address. “We have a president and we have an administration here in Washington that has no interest in stopping them.”