The Sankei Shimbun newspaper reported that after a year of investigations, the Japanese government discovered that Chinese investors purchased around 700 pieces of land and buildings strategically close to Japanese and U.S. military bases. Some of the investors are linked to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), presenting a serious threat to national security.
The investigation was launched after word spread that the Chinese were buying land within a 10 km perimeter around Japanese military bases and the country’s outlying islands. It appears as though it’s part of a CCP espionage plan against one of its perennial enemies, Japan.
The investigation results confirmed that the purchased land affects the security of the Japan Self-Defense Forces, the U.S. Army Japan military base, the Japan Coast Guard, and space development facilities, Sankei reported.
From these locations, it was possible to get a panoramic view of the facilities and learn about the activities of Japanese and U.S. aircraft carriers, aircraft, and personnel, the report warns.
Although only one of the Chinese buyers who purchased a lot near the U.S. military base in Kanagawa Prefecture has ties to the CCP, there is speculation that all of the acquisitions are linked to the CCP.
The U.S. government at the time objected to the transaction of this Chinese buyer who also owns several high-rise buildings nearby that offer a bird’s eye view of the U.S. base.
According to Sankei, the investigation revealed future land purchases near radar systems that monitored Japan’s airspace and waters.
The Tokyo Cabinet, Japan’s legislative arm, has been pondering a bill to ban foreign land purchases within a 1-kilometer radius of what is considered critical facilities for the country’s security, in addition to requiring foreign investors to declare the intended uses of such land.
Reasons to doubt Chinese investments
In December 2020, Foreign Policy published a report that said the CCP passed a law in 2017 forcing Chinese semi-private companies (every private company is obliged to include a Party secretary in its management) to collect data from their clients and report it to intelligence and state espionage agencies. Huawei is the most palpable example of this invasive practice of the CCP.
During President Trump’s administration, he exposed the CCP’s extensive network of unconventional espionage to the whole world.
From a simple drone that one acquires for fun, to Chinese cell phones from brands like Huawei or ZTE, to Confucius Institutes, and even superficially ‘innocent’ apps like Tik Tok, have been used by the CCP to collect data from citizens in its efforts to gain access to confidential information.
Even “prestigious” universities in China are spying bases for the benefit of the CCP as it figures out how to take advantage of its rivals or even business partners.
As long as the CCP is in power in China, and there is no rule of law, any Chinese initiative is tainted with the perversity of the CCP and thus represents a threat to any free country.