America’s second-largest foreign landowner is a member of the number one enemy of the U.S.

Feb 16, 2024

It’s no secret that foreign entities have been buying up American land by the millions of acres.

It used to be American land would be purchased by allies, or companies doing business in the United States.

But now America’s second-largest foreign landowner is a member of the number one enemy of the U.S.

It turns out the second-largest foreign landowner in the United States now is a Communist Chinese billionaire who is an active member of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

Deep ties to the Communist Chinese Party

The shocking revelation comes from the Daily Caller News Foundation (DCNF) who reviewed Chinese-language news reports.

Chen Tianqiao is the founder, chairman, and CEO of the Chinese global investment firm Shanda Group.

He also now owns approximately 200,000 acres of land in Oregon, according to Land Report

Chen has deep ties to the Communist Chinese government, and he’s more than just a member of the CCP.

He has executive roles in multiple CCP-affiliated groups, according to a DCNF study of Chinese-language media reports.

According to Land Report, Chen acquired 198,000 acres in Oregon back in 2015. 

The $85 million purchase made the Communist Chinese national the 82nd-largest property owner in the entire U.S. and the second-largest foreign U.S. landowner. 

Oregon’s Bull Springs Skyline Forest accounts for approximately 33,000 of Chen’s acreage. 

The forest is located west of Bend, Oregon, and is home to springs, creeks, timberland, and wildlife. 

Oregon Republican Congresswoman 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 the DCNF.

But that’s not all Chen owns.

The CCP executive also owns several urban properties in the U.S.

These properties include 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 of these properties is worth tens of millions of dollars, according to Land Report.

Communist Chinese ownership of U.S. land, especially agricultural land, has come under increased scrutiny from GOP Governors.

They rightly see it as a potential serious national security threat. 

Several states have even passed legislation banning Communist Chinese ownership of U.S. farmland. 

“One of the Chinese Communist Party’s goals is to undermine and weaken America,” U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) told the DCNF. “This includes instances where our greatest adversary continues to buy land — whether its farmland or near our installations.”

“Despise All Our Enemies”

Born in 1973, Chen served as a member of the CCP student cadre from an early age.

“In 1990, Chen enrolled in Fudan University to major in economics, the following year he joined the Chinese Communist Party, and, in 1993, he won the title of ‘Shanghai Municipal Outstanding Model Cadre Student,’” according to a DCNF translation of a 2005 press release from Chen’s alma mater.

Chen was just 18 when he became a full-fledged member of the Communist Party. 

The state-run Beijing Review says Chen is an ardent admirer of Mao Zedong, the first chairman of the People’s Republic of China (PRC). 

Chen even has a favorite Mao Zedong quote, “Strategically we should despise all our enemies, but tactically we should take them all seriously.”

American lawmakers would be wise to take Chen’s land acquisitions very seriously.

Hot Take Politics will keep you up-to-date on any developments to this ongoing story.

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