Grand Forks, February 3rd. US Air Force officials have said China’s Fufeng Group’s corn plant project in North Dakota poses a threat to the country’s national security. The firm previously purchased 370 acres of farmland in Grand Forks, promising the $700 million site would bring economic benefits to the region.
The Defense Department said the proposed project poses a national security risk with short and long term risks of significant impact on US Army operations in the area.
The corn plant was planned to be built 19 kilometers from the Grand Forks Air Force Base, which houses intelligence units and unmanned aerial vehicles.
Earlier, more than 5,000 local residents signed a petition aimed at preventing the construction of an agricultural project. Then the city authorities supported Chinese investors, but in the new realities, the mayor’s office opposed the Fufeng Group. The administration noted that they would block the construction, refusing to issue a permit.
“The federal government has asked the city to help stop the project as geopolitical tensions have risen significantly since the project was originally announced.”said the Mayor of Grand Forks Brandon Bochensky.
COO Fufeng USA Eric Chutorash in response, he assured that the plant would not be used to spy on or harm the United States.
Earlier in American social networks, information appeared that a spy balloon flying from China was seen over the state of Montana, in the north of the United States. The country’s Ministry of Defense has confirmed that the high-altitude balloon is a spy balloon from China. Before reaching the US mainland, the balloon first rose over the Aleutian Islands of Alaska.