Letter: Grand Forks shouldn’t be courting a company with ties to China
The potential deal with Fufeng Group would be detrimental to local grain producers and handlers and introduces risk related to Chinese Communist Party (CCP) connections.
The city of Grand Forks should not be courting the business of a mainland-China based company. The potential deal with Fufeng Group would be detrimental to local grain producers and handlers and introduces risk related to Chinese Communist Party (CCP) connections.
Mayor Bochenski seems to believe we have "the USDA, the FBI, the NSA, the CIA, the FDA, [and] Homeland Security" looking out for us, and he isn't wrong. The latest statistics from the FBI show the Bureau is launching two counterintelligence investigations per day against Chinese interests and now has over 2,000 active investigations. Fufeng Group itself has close ties with the CCP. These ties were part of an investigation by the European Union in a product dumping case, and they found local governments in mainland China were coordinating company business. In fact, the Chairman of the Board at Fufeng Group was appointed in 2013 as a member of the Linyi City People’s Congress, an arm of the CCP, for a period of five years. These local governments have no choice but to follow CCP direction.
It's important to remember the CCP promotes a "socialist market economy" and doesn't hesitate to intervene – even with companies operating in other countries – to promote party goals. Is this the type of organization we want in our area?
For the city government to attempt to ram this deal through using tax breaks to somehow increase tax revenue in the future smacks of greed and shortsightedness. It would be better for the city, and the state, to keep our agriculture business local. Our farmers and grain dealers deserve the opportunity to grow and succeed without government-sponsored foreign competition.