Leadership of this major food producer and U.S. landowner is loaded with Chinese Communist Party members

Feb 6, 2024

The Communist Chinese takeover of the United States is marching forward.

The ChiComms are now the largest foreign landowner in the nation.

And it turns out the leadership of this major food producer and U.S. landowner is loaded with Chinese Communist Party members.

Hong Kong-based WH Group Limited is the world’s largest pork producer and controls vast acres of U.S. farmland through its American subsidiary, Smithfield Foods.

Chinese Communist Party members all

And it turns out all WH Group Limited’s top executives are Chinese Communist Party (CCP) members, according to a Daily Caller News Foundation (DCNF) review of corporate records and Communist Chinese state-run media.

Records and reports reviewed by the DCNF identified four top executives and the Chairman of the giant pork conglomerate as CCP members with close and extensive ties to the Communist Chinese government. 

WH Group currently controls almost 150,000 acres of land across 29 U.S. states through its subsidiary Smithfield Foods.

Before being purchased by the Communist Chinese company, Smithfield Foods was a family-run business founded in 1936.

WH Group purchased Smithfield Foods for $7.1 billion in 2013. 

A search of Smithfield’s website returned only two articles that even mentioned the company’s relationship with WH Group, and neither of the two articles mentioned Communist China. 

And an online map of Smithfield’s global business activities does not list any operations in, or connection to, Communist China, despite archived reports on their website which say otherwise.                      

The new revelations about WH Group’s CCP and Chinese government ties, which the DCNF found, come even as Republicans push for bans on Communist Chinese rural land purchases, especially those close to U.S. military bases.

True blue Communist believers

Matt Shoemaker, a former Defense Intelligence Agency officer, told the DCNF, “It is no joke to join the Chinese Communist Party. You cannot just walk in and sign-up. You have to show that you are a true believer.”

Several states have now taken legislative and executive action to ban Chinese ownership of U.S. farmland. 

Most recently, Missouri Governor Mike Parson issued an executive order banning such purchases near military installations. 

GOP lawmakers also recently urged the Biden administration to launch a full investigation into the second-largest foreign owner of U.S. land after his CCP membership came to light.  

“No foreign government should be owning American farmland,” said Shoemaker, who is now running for Congress in North Carolina as a Republican. “It is a national security issue, for obvious reasons.”

Wan Long, WH Group’s chairman, as well as multiple board members and many on the company’s senior management team were identified as CCP members in a 2022 Chinese-language stock exchange filing.                   

WH Group and Chinese corporate records also show that WH Group’s chairman and several top executives hold, or previously held, positions in the Communist Chinese government.

Most alarmingly, between 2010 and 2021, the amount of U.S. land owned by Chinese entities skyrocketed from 13,730 acres to more than 383,935 acres, according to the USDA.

And Communist Chinese-owned Smithfield operates half a dozen distribution centers, nearly 20 direct store delivery services, 36 feed mills, and more than 40 production plants and 2,400 farms across 29 U.S. states.

In total, WH Group owns 146,000 acres in the U.S., according to a 2018 report by the Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

“Smithfield Foods, Inc. holds a substantial market share in the U.S. pork industry, accounting for approximately 26% of the total market share,” according to trade publication Essential Protein Trade & Shipping News.

South Dakota Republican Gov. Kristi Noem told the DCNF her office has had “a lot of hard conversations” with Smithfield’s leadership and said she now believes the company poses a national security threat.

“Any time it felt like we would have the opportunity to work together, it ended up not going as well as I hoped,” Noem said. “I think a lot of that has to do with the fact that Smithfield is owned by China.”

‘The CCP’s Long-Term Strategy’

Born in 1940, Wan Long joined the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) at the age of 20 before entering China’s meat industry. 

Wan Long has since earned various Communist Chinese government positions and state awards.

And between 1998 and 2018, Wan Long served as a representative to the National People’s Congress.

The National People’s Congress operates “under the leadership” of the CCP, and its officials are “invariably influential members of the CCP and leaders of major mass organizations,” according to the Congressional Executive Commission on China.

Wan Long also earned the honorific “senior political engineer” from the Communist Chinese government.

Senior political engineers are required to possess a “relatively systemic grasp of Marxism-Leninism, Mao Zedong Thought and Deng Xiaoping Theory,” according to the State Council’s State-Owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission.

Iowa Republican Congresswoman Ashley Hinson said the CCP has “nefariously exploited loopholes to buy U.S. land, so they can exert control over our food supply and undermine our national security.”

“This is all part of the CCP’s long-term strategy to hurt America and our interests — whether it’s garnering valuable U.S. military intelligence or interfering with our food supply chain,” Hinson told the DCNF. “We cannot allow another acre of U.S. land to get into the hands of the CCP.”

Deplorable Daily will keep you up-to-date on any developments to this ongoing story. 

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