Is the Biden Administration paying attention yet?
According to a Daily Caller exclusive report, the second-largest foreign landowner in the U.S. is Chinese billionaire Chen Tianqiao, founder, chairman and CEO of global investment firm Shanda Group; he owns 200,000 acres of land in Oregon, according to Land Report.
In addition to being a member of the Chinese Communist Party, Chen has extensive ties to the CCP — including executive roles in CCP-affiliated organizations.
Chen is one of the largest foreign U.S. landholders, second only to a Canadian family who owns over 1 million acres of Maine.
According to the DCNF, “Oregon’s Bull Springs Skyline Forest accounts for approximately 33,000 of Chen’s acreage, according to Land Report. The forest is located west of Bend, Oregon, and is home to springs, creeks, timberland and wildlife, according to the Bull Springs Skyline Forest website.”
Oregon Republican Rep. Lori Chavez-DeRemer said she was “deeply concerned that individuals tied to the Chinese Communist Party are buying up timberland, which is one of our most precious and finite resources.”
“Foreign ownership of United States lands is a serious problem that has rightfully sparked unease among farmers, ranchers and foresters across the country,” Chavez-DeRemer told DCNF.
But Chen doesn’t just own property in Oregon —he’s got his foot in New York and California as well.
“Chen also owns several urban properties in the U.S., including the Vanderbilt Mansion in Manhattan, the Seeley Mudd Estate near Los Angeles and a 150,000 square-foot research facility at Caltech called the Tianqiao and Chrissy Chen Institute for Neuroscience — each worth tens of millions of dollars,” DCNF reports.
Florida Senator Marco Rubio weighed in on the concerning news, stressing that land grabs are a strategy China uses to undermine and weaken the U.S.
“One of the Chinese Communist Party’s goals is to undermine and weaken America,” Florida Rubio told the DCNF. “This includes instances where our greatest adversary continues to buy land — whether its farmland or near our installations.”
Will anyone step up to stop Chen?