According to a new report by The New York Post, there are at least 19 military bases in the United States that border on farmland owned by Chinese organizations.

Critics fear the bases’ proximity to the farms means they could easily be infiltrated by spies of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). “It is concerning due to the proximity to strategic locations,” said retired US Air Force brigadier general Robert S. Spalding III.

Among the bases are Fort Liberty (formerly known as Fort Bragg) of Fayetteville, North Carolina; Fort Cavazos (formerly Foot Hood) of Killeen, Texas; Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton of San Diego, California; and MacDill Air Force Base of Tampa, Florida.

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“These locations can be used to set up intelligence collection sites and the owners can be influential in local politics as we have seen in the past,” Spalding added in communications with the Post. “It is alarming we do not have laws on the books that would prevent the Chinese from buying property in the US.”

The agricultural status of these lands could be a cover for more nefarious activity, the Post notes, with tracking and surveillance installations which could analyze the bases’ contents with radars and infrared technology. Drone flyovers could be sending information back to the communist superpower, as we saw with the Chinese spy balloons in 2023.

Over the last several years, Chinese informants attempted to infiltrate US military sites more than 100 times, per a report from the Wall Street Journal in September 2023. “We need to work closely with our state and local partners to train them and equip them,” said Rep. Jason Crow (D-CO), a member of the Intelligence Committee, at the time. “Right now, they don’t know how to deal with it.”

In April, FBI director Christopher Wray said Chinese hackers had broken into critical US infrastructure, saying they pose a “grave threat” and are biding their time “for just the right moment to deal a devastating blow” and “physically wreak havoc.”

In January, Wray said the FBI had “identified hundreds of routers that had been taken over by the PRC [People’s Republic of China] state-sponsored hacking group known as Volt Typhoon.” This group had attempted to “find and prepare to destroy or degrade the civilian critical infrastructure that keeps us safe and prosperous” and that such attacks constitute “real-world threats to our physical safety.”

Shane Devine is a writer covering politics and business for VT and a regular guest on The Unusual Suspects. Follow Shane’s work here.

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