Congress Seeks to ‘Beef Up’ CFIUS Review Process, Add Food Security

United States Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) are supposed to introduce legislation today that will add food security to a process used by the federal government to review foreign acquisition of U.S. companies. Had this variable been in effect in 2013, the Chinese acquisition of the Virginia-headquartered Smithfield Foods Inc – …

Mandatory Denaturalization Should be Considered for Export Control Law Violators

It’s four years in the federal slammer for an American caught conspiring to export to Communist China a very pricey weaponized drone as well as jet fighter engines. In my book, she got off too easy. According to a Justice Department press release, Wenxia Man, aka Wency Man, 45, of San Diego: According to evidence presented at trial, between approximately …

Beware of Strangers Bearing Gifts

Access to the U.S. market is a privilege, not a right. Foreign investment in the United States, access to our financial system, and, especially, immigration are regulated by the federal government for a reason: it is not, and should never be, one big free for all.  For example, foreign investment in the United States is generally a …

China and Smithfield Virginia, Follow Up

One of the most popular items on this blog is a 2013 post about a Chinese company purchasing Smithfield, the largest meat processing company in the world. A long-time Virginia company, its headquarters are located in the Tidewater region of the commonwealth. The blog post still generates weekly hits, about half from China. I also receive e-mail about it every now and …

Around the Americas

Government of Peru Told by Hedge Fund, Pay Your Bills and forget about Peruvian laws to protect your interests. US Commerce Secretary Pritzker Goes to Cuba – an embargoed country – to ‘promote US trade’. Odd eh? Next stop, North Korea. Former Argentine Spy Chief allegedly linked to the murder of Iranian terrorist hunter and prosecutor may be hiding in …

Trouble Brewing in Nicaragua

If an American corporation engaged in unlawful property confiscations in rural areas of Nicaragua, with the full cooperation of the Nicaraguan military, it would be front page news at the New York Times and other progressive news organizations. The international NGO network would see to it and then some. However, since it involves a left-wing Sandinista government …

Chen Guangcheng: China ‘Many Times More Dangerous’ Than ISIS

Here’s a brief item you may have missed in the news since the mainstream media did not give it the time of day. It is a true and sober reminder that there are many global issues that require U.S. leadership. Last week at the Heritage Foundation, a leading Chinese human rights activist and attorney, Chen Guangcheng, said something …