China’s Trojan Horse

By: Lisa Van Houten

Ancient lore tells the story of the Trojan Horse where the Greeks devised a cunning scheme to infiltrate the city of Troy.  Greek soldiers hid in the giant statue – which the Trojans thought was a peace offering to their gods.  During the night while the Trojans were asleep, the soldiers climbed out and opened the city gates for the Greek army to enter.  The rest, as they say, is history – or maybe just mythology – no one knows if that ploy actually occurred.  However, to this day the term “Trojan Horse” is used to describe a deceptive action intended to defeat or subvert an enemy from within.

Churchill once said: “those that fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it” and the U.S. has miserably failed to learn from the defeated Trojans.  While China has built up their military, their economy, and their worldwide influence over the last several decades, the U.S. has apathetically traded our national security for cheap products.  In exchange, we’ve become reliant upon China for our pharmaceuticals, technology, and a host of other goods and services.  While Communist China has been building their dominance, the U.S. has been asleep, letting China stealthily wheel a Trojan Horse right under our noses into the heartland of our country.  Chinese companies, with ties to the CCP (Chinese Communist Party), have become the largest foreign buyer of U.S. real estate, spending $6.1 billion last year alone, snatching up thousands of acres of farmland – much of it near U.S. military bases.

A recent purchase of 370 acres in Grand Forks, ND by the Fufeng Group raised alarm within the national security community.  The land purchased by this Chinese company is a mere 12 miles from Grand Forks Air Force Base, the Air Force’s Air Combat Command base.  The close proximity would give the CCP an opportunity for surveillance or interference with the sensitive operations taking place at Grand Forks Air Force Base, home to our top-secret drone technology.  Drones flown in the Middle East, for example, are actually operated from Grand Forks.  According to Sen. Kevin Cramer (R- N.D.), the Grand Forks Air Force Base is “a very important ISR — that’s intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance — air base” and it serves as “a ground station for working satellites in low earth orbit.  There’s a lot of important data that goes up and down from space to earth at Grand Forks.”  Having a Chinese entity 12 miles away gives the CCP the “opportunity for the Chinese to do what they do very well. And that is steal and spy,” Cramer warned.

The Fufeng Group states they plan to open a corn milling factory, employing 200 people, on the North Dakota property; however, as the Federalist reports, “what most Americans don’t know is that every Chinese company with 50 or more employees must have a Chinese Communist Party (CCP) official embedded in it. This CCP political officer is a looming presence in any firm hailing from a nation with no rule of law other than what CCP officials say it is. Thus, while the Fufeng Group likely has legitimate business purposes for investing in Grand Forks, so too does the CCP have strategic military purposes for using Fufeng’s North Dakota base for its own purpose.”

A Chinese entity has also purchased a 130,000-acre ranch near Laughlin Air Force Base, causing similar security concerns. In addition, this Texas property is on the border with Mexico and has its own airstrip which could be used to coordinate with the drug cartels in Mexico as China floods the U.S. with deadly fentanyl.

The Chinese purchase of land near military installations is only part of the Trojan Horse threat.  Chinese telecom giants, Huawei and ZTE, have supplied cell tower equipment and routers to rural areas around military bases – often selling the equipment at a loss. I highly doubt that Communist China wants to provide telecom service to rural America out of the kindness of its heart.  If they aren’t making a profit, what is their motivation?   That becomes abundantly clear when you consider that much of the made-in-China equipment was installed adjacent to America’s nuclear triad of Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles in Colorado, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, and Wyoming – and is reportedly capable of capturing and disrupting highly restricted Defense Department communications, including those used by U.S. Strategic Command, which oversees our nuclear weapons.  Security experts warn that the Chinese technology could have jamming capabilities that could cripple our nuclear weapons systems.

In addition, Chinese-made cell tower transmitters and receivers can be remotely reconfigured to listen to nearby military transmissions, jam military frequencies, degrade internet service in the early hours of a conflict, and monitor traffic around sensitive U.S. military installations via the cameras which were installed on the towers supposedly to provide weather and traffic information.

Under the Trump administration, these rural telecom companies were banned from using Chinese equipment. In 2020, Congress appropriated $1.9 billion to “rip and replace” Huawei and ZTE equipment. But as of today, under Biden, none of it has been removed.  In addition, Biden shut down the Trump administration’s “China Initiative” – a program to prevent espionage by the CCP.  Considering Biden’s ties to China, that’s no surprise.  As Peter Schweizer writes in the New York Post: “The Biden family has done five deals in China totaling some $31 million arranged by individuals with direct ties to Chinese intelligence — some reaching the very top of China’s spy agency.”

As Biden knowingly looks the other way as Communist China infiltrates the U.S., will we one day share the same fate as ancient Troy?  As Psalm 9 says, “the nations have sunk in the pit that they made”.  But thankfully our hope isn’t in our nation, but in our Lord.  “And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you.” (Ps. 9:10)



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