Representative Mark Green (R-Tex.) presented a bill to restrict foreign rivals such as China and Russia from purchasing land near U.S. military bases in the United States.
The Military Perimeter Transparency Act would require the Secretary of Defense to provide regular reports on “foreign adversaries’” land purchases and occupations of US military bases, El American reported.
Today, I filed a bill to stop foreign adversaries like China and Russia from buying land around American military bases without full transparency. More on my bill HERE:https://t.co/cftOLpYAs0— Rep. Mark Green (@RepMarkGreen) June 16, 2021
The reports, to be delivered to the Senate and House Armed Services Committees, would also include recommendations for the “proper response” to foreign adversary ownership or occupancy in the proximity of U.S. military sites.
The plan comes amid safety worries about a Chinese wind farm being built near Laughlin Air Force Base, a significant U.S. Air Force pilot training facility, in Texas.
“It’s critically important for the Department of Defense to identify when foreign adversaries like China or Russia acquire land near American military bases,” Green said in a statement.
“America’s foreign adversaries, especially those with a history of cyberattacks, espionage, and disinformation warfare, should never be allowed near a US military installation,” he stressed.
America’s foreign adversaries, especially those with a history of cyberattacks, espionage, and disinformation warfare, should never be allowed near a US military installation. More on my bill to address this: https://t.co/4qSyGPeJFy— Rep. Mark Green (@RepMarkGreen) June 17, 2021
The bill defines “foreign adversaries” as any foreign government or non-governmental individual engaging in a long-term pattern or substantial incidents of action significantly adverse to the United States’ national security.
In a similar move to safeguard domestic security, last year, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) designated Chinese businesses Huawei and ZTE as “national security threats.”
Security concerns have been raised about a proposed Chinese wind farm in Texas near the Laughlin Air Force Base, the U.S. Air Force’s largest pilot training site.
Kyle Bass, a China watcher, and hedge fund manager, testified in April before the Texas Senate Committee on Business and Commerce that the wind farm, controlled by a former Chinese military official, may spy on U.S. troops.
“Proximity of these wind farms to our largest USAF pilot training base [30 miles from Laughlin Air Force Base and only 10 miles from its restricted airspace] creates a myriad of potential illegal surveillance opportunities for the former Chinese military officer Sun Guangxin,” Bass said in the testimony.
China was identified as the most significant threat to the U.S. national security in the Intelligence Communities’ Annual Threat Assessment for 2021.