China Buys Farmland Next to U.S. Military Bases

China has been strategically buying farmland next to at least 19 military bases across the United States, the New York Post reported on June 20. This has raised fears that China could potentially use these locations for espionage or sabotage.

The farmland is close to some of the U.S.’s most important bases, including Fort Liberty in Fayetteville, North Carolina; Fort Cavazos in Killeen, Texas; Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton in San Diego, California; and MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida.

Espionage: The Chinese-owned farmland could be used to “set up reconnaissance sights, install tracking technology, use radar and infrared scanning to view bases, or attempt to fly drones over them as ways to surveil military sites,” the report said.

The Chinese are, or will, use this farmland to learn more about U.S. military capabilities, movements and technology. This will allow them to better understand how to transition their military from a defensive strategy to an expeditionary one.
—Morgan Lerette, former contractor for private military company Blackwater

U.S. officials warned last September that Chinese nationals have tried to access military bases about 100 times in recent years.

Global shift: Buying up farmland next to U.S. military bases is one of many ways China is subtly undermining its enemy. China has long challenged the U.S.-led world order, and it has been impressively successful—without America’s leaders realizing it.

The Trumpet has warned about the danger of allowing the Chinese to infiltrate the U.S. and its allies. In 2021, we wrote:

That this nation would aggressively target the world’s dominant superpower should not surprise us. But the extent of its success, and the fact that America has not only allowed it but seems unconcerned, is appalling. In fact, viewed in the context of biblical prophecy, it is a potent symbol of nothing less than a historic global shift occurring before our eyes: the end of the Anglo-American era, and the beginning of a short, dark period that will mark the final years of the age of man.
—“Wake Up to the Threat From China