Competing With China: Restricting Land Sales, Boosting Chip Manufacturing, Exploring Space

Competing With China: Restricting Land Sales, Boosting Chip Manufacturing, Exploring Space

The competition between the United States and China for global dominance is playing out in many ways, including on American farmland and in the stars.

This week on The Inside Story we take you to farmland in Illinois, where some U.S. farmers are concerned about Chinese ownership of agricultural land, even though the amount of land held by Chinese entities is small. There are also growing concerns in Congress about national security risks posed by Chinese-connected investors purchasing land near military installations.

Meanwhile, the United States is pushing to boost its domestic semiconductor, or microchip, production to compete with Chinese chip manufacturing. VOA White House Correspondent Anita Powell reports on a $6.6 billion U.S. grant to Taiwan's top chip manufacturer for semiconductor manufacturing in Arizona.

And space remains another domain where the two global powers compete. China has joined the U.S. and other nations in landing on Mars. Some hope China's success will rekindle interest in human spaceflight and exploration.

Competing With China: Restricting Land Sales

Lawmakers in the United States are considering limiting foreign ownership of U.S. land, fueled by concerns over Chinese investment in agricultural land and the potential impact on food security.

There is also increasing concern in Congress over Chinese-connected investors purchasing land near military installations. However, experts say Chinese ownership of U.S. farmland is more of a political issue than a practical one, with China owning less than 1% of the more than 400 million hectares of U.S. agricultural land owned by foreign entities.

Midwestern U.S. states like Indiana are trying to attract semiconductor manufacturers to boost the domestic chip production needed to compete with Chinese chip manufacturing.

Competing With China: Exploring Space

Space remains another domain where the U.S. and China compete. China recently joined the U.S. and other nations in landing on Mars. Some hope China's success will rekindle interest in human spaceflight and exploration.

Stay tuned to The Inside Story for more coverage on China and the global competition.

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