As the United States continues to monitor the presence of a suspected Chinese spy balloon over the country, South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem (R) is calling for legislation to ban the Chinese Communist Party from buying up land in the state. Noem’s proposal, which has support in the House and Senate, would create a state-level version of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) to review and then block any foreign entity’s proposal to purchase land in South Dakota.
The balloon, which is currently traveling at an altitude well above commercial air traffic, is believed to be owned by the People’s Republic of China. Pentagon press secretary Brig. Gen. Pat Ryder said in a statement that the U.S. government, including NORAD, is tracking and monitoring the balloon closely and that it does not present a military or physical threat to people on the ground.
Noem is adamant that this is a national security issue. “Protecting America is important, and that this has been a real threat to our country,” she said. “I think all of us can agree as Americans that China shouldn’t be buying up land in the United States. They are an enemy, an evil government built on Communism and taking away freedom. That isn’t something we should allow to have a presence here in our great country.”
The governor’s proposal is facing opposition from a coalition of special interests and industry representatives. However, Noem remains committed to defending the people of South Dakota and the United States from the Chinese Communist Party. She believes that passing SB 185 and SB 189 is necessary to ensure that the country is protected from the threat posed by the CCP.