Chinese-owned slaughterhouse in America sued for enabling COVID-19 spread

Smithfield Foods Sued By Employers For Dangerous Work Environment

The largest slaughterhouse in America—and the world—has been putting workers and the American public at risk. Its largest facilities operate in North Carolina, but the company isn’t owned by Americans.

Smithfield Foods, which Nationalist Review previously reported on, is a Chinese owned and operated slaughterhouse and meatpacking corporation that controls some of the biggest brands in the country. It’s just one of the many agricultural businesses that China has purchased in the last 10 years.

The company is now facing a federal lawsuit for failing to properly protect workers from catching the disease by refusing them ample time to wash their hands, discouraging sick leave, and failing to implement a testing regimen in order to maintain safe working conditions.

The lawsuit says that “Smithfield is so unwilling to acknowledge its responsibilities to its workers and the communities where it operates that it recently blamed ‘certain cultures’ for the spread of the disease in its South Dakota plant …”

The lawsuit doesn’t seek money damages. Rather, it asks for an injunction to force Smithfield to comply with Centers for Disease Control and public health guidelines.

David Muraskin, a lawyer for the plaintiffs, said he was not aware of any other lawsuits seeking changes in production processes at plants, rather than monetary damages.

“All we want, all we are asking for is for it to aggressively defend its workers,” Muraskin said. “If they do that our claims go away.”

At least 46 people in one North Carolina county have been infected with the disease after showing up for work at a Smithfield facility and hundreds more throughout their wide network of plants have also come down with the disease.

Smithfield, now owned by China’s WH Group, has responded to these claims with exactly the sort of indifference one would expect a predatory foreign conglomerate to have. Instead of taking responsibility for the endangering of their employees, they blamed the “culture” of Americans living in North Carolina on its spread.

But Smithfield isn’t playing it honest. A number of their policies guaranteed that working at one of their facilities would increase an individual’s risk of contracting the disease—far more than working in another industry. One study found that counties with meatpacking facilities and found that they had twice as many cases per 100,000 residents when compared to the national average.

Even some of the incentives Smithfield offered in order to keep people coming in to work likely did more harm than good. In one plant, free lunch was offered from a centralized cafeteria, causing workers from every section of the factory to intermingle and often without protective gear.

And it’s not just North Carolina, either. Smithfield operates plants throughout the United States, and as the pandemic continues, a pattern has begun to emerge where large clusters of COVID-19 positive patients, often in the most rural parts of the country, are coming down with the disease after stints on the factory line.

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In South Dakota, it started with just one confirmed case at a Smithfield factory on 25 March. By mid-April, 644 employees of the factory had been confirmed to have contracted the virus. That particular location did eventually shut down operations—after the total number of cases reached 730 (and continued to rise to 891 after the closure).

Another foreign-owned meatpacking company, JBS, has suffered similar casualties: 5 deaths, 103 infections. JBS is a Brazilian corporation plagued by a long history of bribes and corruption. Most notably, they began exporting rotten meat to the United States, eventually causing the federal government to ban the importation of beef from Brazil.

It’s time to take back control of our agricultural industry. This is a matter of national security.

Taiwan announces big plan to move manufacturing to America

Just days after President Trump announced that he was working with technology companies to further develop America’s manufacturing sector, Taiwan’s largest corporation and the worlds largest independent semiconductor foundry has stated they plan to build a massive production facility in the United States.

The company, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), produces integrated circuits (microchips), and has just announced they plan to build a $12 billion factory in Arizona.

The domestic production of semiconductors has been a top priority of the Trump administration for a long time. In 2017, Trump blocked the sale of an American chip manufacturer that was being targeted for takeover by China-backed Canyon Bridge Capital Partners.

Semiconductor related stock took a small hit this week following fears that China may retaliate for the administration targeting Huawei. Last year, Trump banned the export of US technology to Chinese tech giant. The battle between China and the Trump administration continues, however, as a loophole allowing Huawei to buy chips made outside the US—but still with US software—is now in the administrations crosshairs.

That makes the timely announcement from TSMC particularly beneficial to Trump’s goals. TSMC says that they will be up in running in just a couple years and that the Arizona factory will be able to produce the most bleeding-edge nanometer chips.

Foreigners Now Own 27.3 Million Acres of American Land, Equal To Entire State of Ohio

How much land do foreigners own in the United States?

UPDATE: A Chinese-owned slaughterhouse in America is now being sued for negligence that enabled the spread of COVID-19 among their workforce.

At the time of this report, roughly 27.3 million acres of American land is currently held in the hands of foreign corporations. Much of that land is owned by America’s economic rivals in China. To put this scale in perspective, that amount of land is equal to roughly the entire state of Ohio. It’s almost four times the state of Massachusetts, more than three times the state of Maryland, and approaching twice as much as the state of West Virginia.

But for the visual readers out there, here’s a graphic.

America Is Exploited Like A Third World Colony

Brazilians target our beef and meatpackers, Chinese chase our hogs, and Canadians await with ax-in-hand to chop our forests in future logging endeavors. In a sense, we’re exploited like a third world colony. And we let it happen.

In just one sale taking place in 2013, a Chinese conglomerate purchased 146,000 acres of prime US farmland. All together, commercial land held by foreigners is worth over $52 billion, but to make matters worse, these businesses enjoy subsidies just like any other American owned enterprise. They also receive bailouts and emergency protection in instances like the current nationwide quarantine. In 2018, JBS, a Brazilian-owned meatpacking company, received $5 million in bailouts from the Trump Administration’s agricultural bill. JBS is a corrupt corporation which was prosecuted by the Brazilian government after they were caught bribing meat inspectors to ignore the sale of spoiled and sub-standard meat.

At one point, American cattle breeders cried out for help from the Trump administration, begging them to block the sale of one of the world’s largest beef packing corporations. The sale of the National Beef Packing Company was allowed to go through, despite a statement from Marco Rubio (the stalwart defender of free trade, of all people) citing the risks to our nation’s food supply. Is this the America First people voted for?

If you look at individual states, things become even more alarming. A full 15% of Maine’s agricultural land is owned by foreigners—in this case Canadians purchasing large swaths of forest for logging endeavors (forestry and logging is part of the agriculture sector). If you look at particular sectors of the meat industry, things don’t get any better either. Earlier it was mentioned that one particular sale to China granted them 146,000 acres of American farmland. What was left out of that description was the primary focus of the deal: Smithfield Foods.

“China Came into Possession Of 1 out of every 4 pigs raised in the united states”

How China acquired some of our best farmland and largest factories:

With that purchase of Smithfield Foods, China not only bought the biggest slaughterhouse in America (and the world), but also came into possession of one out of every four pigs raised in the United States—a significant market share of our meat industry at a time when shortages are foremost on the minds of every citizen. China, the worlds single-largest consumer of pork, can proudly boast that one out of every two pigs raised on the planet ends up on a Chinese dinner table.

Some logical people—the non-political folks with too much commonsense to destroy a country—might view this as a national security risk. And they’d be correct. China, on the other hand, views the purchase of foreign agricultural land as a national security mandate. Their twelfth five-year plan, issued in 2011, ordered all Chinese businesses to begin purchasing as much foreign agricultural land as possible. At that time, China’s holdings in America were worth roughly $81 million. By 2012, that number had grown tenfold, and they were steadily climbing to $1 billion in holdings. The deal for Smithfield in 2013 added another $480 million to their holdings—that’s the dollar value for the land only, when accounting for the warehouses and factories that went with it, another $6 billion in value can be factored in.

The sale of America’s breadbasket has been largely (and shamefully) facilitated by Republicans in Congress. In the sale of Smithfield Foods, Republican Senator Pat Roberts openly mocked his colleagues on both sides of the aisle for raising questions about national security. Tag-teaming with Larry Pope, then-CEO of Smithfield, the two convinced the legislature that there was nothing to fear.

These are not Russian communists,” Pope said, “they like Americans.” Senator Roberts responded, his voice dripping with sarcasm, “did you realize you were the victim of a Chinese communist plot? And the control of your company would somehow allow China to control the pork industry?”

Pope used that moment to get the senators to laugh. And then, he lied. He claimed that Shuanghui, the Chinese firm now known as the WH Group, was not controlled by the Chinese government. The reality was far different than the tale Pope spun. In fact, Wan Long, the firm’s chairman, was a member of the National People’s Congress. He’s a true fanatic, and as a youth he was a Mao foot soldier.

Now here’s the killer part: Pope was asked why he couldn’t simply sell American pork to Chinese markets. His response? The Chinese would never allow an American company to take a stake in their pork business. Yet here was the head of America’s largest pork producer, standing before our legislature, attempting to hand the business over to the Chinese. The irony was lost on his audience.

As for Senator Roberts, his motivations were simple. As a senator from one of the nation’s largest producers of livestock feed, the expansion of the pork industry—whether by the hand of an American or a foreigner—benefited the interest groups supporting his reelection campaign. It’s worth noting that Roberts has been put in charge of the Senate Agriculture Committee.

These foreign land holdings carry with them a wide array of consequences—both economic and environmental. The former is quite easily understood, particularly under the current conditions wherein Americans are rightfully concerned about ongoing meat shortages (a large percentage of our meat industry, too, is now owned by foreign enterprises). The latter should also be easily understood: how can we count on foreigners, with no stock in the future of our country, to be good stewards of our land? Doubts in their competency on this measure are particularly valid when we consider how poorly nations such as China have managed their own resources.

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Residential Property Owned By Foreigners, A Quick Rundown:

Before wrapping up with some possible policy suggestions, a quick dive into foreign non-commercial real estate holdings might be worthwhile. China purchased $13.4 billion worth of residential properties between April 2018 and March 2019. All together, foreigners purchased 183,000 residential properties during that time frame. Between the same months in the previous year, China purchased a little more than double that dollar value.

But it isn’t just China. Indian nationals purchased $6.9 billion, Mexicans $2.3 billion, and Canadians $8 billion—all between 2018 and 2019. One out of five of these foreign nationals made purchases in Florida—that’s where 42% of Canadian purchases took place. One in three Chinese buyers bought homes in California. And Indian and Mexican buyers favored Texas as their residence away from home.

So what are the alternative solutions?

Well, for one thing, China has a particularly crafty way of handling foreign investment. In almost all cases, from McDonald’s to Disney, companies are forced to enter into partnership arrangements where a Chinese enterprise is the majority owner. Often these breakdowns come out to a 51/49 split. A similar path forward is worth considering. But it isn’t the only option.

Six states currently have laws that restrict or prohibit the sale of farmland to foreigners: Hawaii, Iowa, Minnesota, Mississippi, North Dakota, and Oklahoma. A federal law blanketing all 50 states with this sort of protective regulation would at least insulated one of our most critical resources.

Then, there’s a third path forward, we can force foreign investment to be governed by lease agreements—setting the terms for temporary custody with a reasonable expiration date of no more than 20 years, with strict regulatory oversight for foreign-run businesses to prevent mismanagement.

There’s certainly other arrangements that could be considered. But we have to do something.

Bill Clinton’s Administration Transferred $359 Million to Chinese Nuclear Program That Helped Pakistan Develop A-Bomb

In 1996, the Clinton Administration shepherded millions in loans, backed by the guarantee of taxpayer dollars, to China’s nuclear power program via the Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im).

The $359 million in loans were directed to a Chinese military program that oversees the development of all nuclear programs in China. The loans arrived in three phases, and China’s National Nuclear Power Corporation (CNNP) would eventually receive the money from China’s State Development Bank and use it to construct the Qinshan II nuclear reactor with the assistance of the American Bechtel Corporation and Westinghouse Electric Corporation.

Ex-Im operates with a wide berth to determine how it distributes loans, but at the time of this disbursement, it was required to seek authorization directly from the President for any loan to be granted to a communist regime. For his part, Clinton would have to make a determination that such loans were in the “national interest”. While it must make Congress aware of any loans over $100 million or granted for the construction of nuclear technology, it does not require their authorization.

In the first phase, some $36 million was requested for transfer to China to assist in the development of steam turbines with Westinghouse technology. Clinton, fulfilling his obligation, forwarded a letter to then-Speaker Newt Gingrich declaring the loan in line with our national interest—but went one step farther and authorized as much as $120 million to be distributed. In the second phase, the same process was followed with a second loan worth $323 million.

Bechtel is a private, family-owned corporation, which, in the year the loan was processed, had been padding the coffers of both political parties equally before lobbying the Ex-Im for the loan. Congress, which at the time was controlled by Republicans, sat on its hands and watched. And, as they watched, the story developed into a far more pernicious debacle.

Dr. Strangelove: Or How The US Learned To Stop Worrying And Watch As China Gave Pakistan The A-Bomb

This same Chinese nuclear corporation that was gifted with our patronage was itself responsible for assisting Pakistan in their development of nuclear weapons—just one aspect of a military relationship that has flourished since at least the 1960s.[mfn][/mfn]

Writing for the National Review, Timothy P. Carney noted Clinton’s direct involvement in approving the loan—a necessity since enacted legislation at the time prohibited loans being made to communist regimes:

For this loan to go through, President Clinton had to sign a letter saying the loan was in our national interest. His signature on that letter was interesting in the light of his administration’s finding weeks before that CNNP had transferred to Pakistan nuclear-weapons materials.

So just what were those nuclear-weapons materials? In 1995, China transferred 5,000 ring magnets to Pakistan. A ring magnet is used in gas centrifuges in order to extract enriched, weapons-grade uranium from uranium gas. Due to their critical use in manufacturing weapons of mass destruction, the International Atomic Energy Agency, by way of international treaty, strictly controls the trade of this device.

This same year, the Clinton administration was pressuring Congress to roll back a number of laws prohibiting the transfer of military hardware to Pakistan. The campaign was a success and soon the Brown amendment was passed allowing for the transfer of $370 million in military equipment to the regime. At the same time, sections of the Pressler amendment, an amendment which blocked any form of foreign aid being sent to Pakistan, was modified to allow assistance to begin again. The Pressler amendment was specifically enacted as a penalty for Pakistan’s possession of nuclear weapons. That’s when the deal started to really explode, so to speak.

In 1998, just three years after the sale of the rings, and two years after the repeal of the pertinent portions of the Pressler amendment, Pakistan conducted its first nuclear test—though it may be more accurate to call it their first five nuclear tests, as all five bombs were detonated simultaneously in the Ras Koh Hills.

While the American government foolishly relented with its sanctions against them, the Pakistanis were secretly continuing their development of nuclear weapons. While the Americans were transferring weapons and non-military aid to the regime, the Pakistanis were busy plotting and purchasing nuclear tech from China behind their backs.

When former Senator Pressler, the same senator who spearheaded the rescinded amendment, realized how badly the wool had been pulled over the eyes of his peers, he took to the Senate floor:

It is unfortunate enough that our Nation would transfer to Pakistan, United States-made military equipment without any non-proliferation concession. Now we face the real and embarrassing prospect of having weakened United States non-proliferation law for Pakistan’s benefit at the same time Pakistan was expanding its nuclear weapons capability in violation of United States law. This irony would be humorous if the issue wasn’t so serious.

Accordingly, in view of the confirmations of these transfers, I have written today to President Clinton urging that he enforce the law. Specifically, any contemplated transfer of military equipment to Pakistan, as called for in the Brown amendment, should cease immediately. Further, sanctions called for under the law also should be applied to Chinese exporting companies.

Finally, Mr. President, it may be worth exploring if officials within the Clinton administration knew of this blatant violation of U.S. nonproliferation law while the administration was lobbying to pass the Brown amendment.

American Tech Continues To Build Reactors In China To This Day

The Qinshan II, constructed with technology and plans provided by Bechtel, was the second of such reactors as the name would suggest. The first Qinshan was also built by the American-based Westinghouse Electric Company, which is today owned by Canada’s Brookfield Business Partners, but is still headquartered in Pennsylvania.

In 2014, Chinese hackers targeted the nuclear power company even as new deals were being cemented between it and the regime. The hackers were snooping on high-level conversations between Westinghouse executives who were discussing concerns about China emerging as a future competitor in nuclear technology. All told, some 700,000 emails, documents, login credentials, and attachments were stolen—information that a federal indictment claimed would accelerate China’s domestic production manifold.

Westinghouse, now in the hands of Canadians and operating out of Pennsylvania, continues to assist China’s energy sector by exporting American technology. Last year, the fourth AP1000 reactor, a Westinghouse mainstay, went live, making it the 46th reactor unit operating in the country. They were also responsible for the construction of three other Chinese reactors in 2018.

China would take what they learned from Westinghouse and Bechtel to construct their own reactor dubbed the CAP1400 which they market as an upgrade to the AP1000. To date, China has used what they’ve learned from American technology to begin exporting their own nuclear reactors to Pakistan. The regime has ambitious plans to build “as many as 30 nuclear reactors” abroad as part of its Belt and Road initiative—a scheme to gain regional and lasting economic supremacy with a modern-day Silk Road.

If they succeed, CNNP can expect to generate well over $100 billion. And that less than half-billion loan from the Clinton era may be largely responsible for enabling them in their designs.

American Loans Were Cheaper For Our Enemies

Ex-Im is a government agency dedicated to providing low interest loans to foreign corporations and governments in the hopes that this will encourage the export of American goods abroad. But while there is some merit to the program, the agency itself has been plagued by corruption and special interest groups. In recent years, a significant portion of all loans have gone to Boeing. In some cases, those loans amounted to over 40% of the total doled out.

At the time of the loan transfer, American homeowners were paying 7.8% interest on their mortgage loans, businessmen seeking the prime rate could hope for 8.5%, and China, blessed with a loan backed by American tax dollars, was charged just 7.49%.

In other words, America was funding a foreign enterprise at a cheaper rate than was available for its own businesses and that foreign business grew from the seed capital to become a net-exporter, all while making illegal deals with third-party nations and hacking American corporations who they were partnered with.

China’s nuclear relationship with Pakistan continues to this day. In 2017, the two governments reached an agreement for the construction of a new nuclear reactor.

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China makes threat of terrorism in the United States, they’ll “pay the price” and see the White House “redecorated”

The cooling relations between the United States and China have further deteriorated following an implied threat from spokesperson Hua Chunying speaking on behalf of the communist regime.

The statement comes following numerous politicians in the United States criticizing the Chinese government for their handling of both the Hong Kong pro-democracy uprising and Uighur Muslims.

“The US will be forced to pay the price for one’s wrong doings”

Here’s what the spokesperson said a series of statements published to Twitter this week:

“The bitter lessons of 9/11 [are not] far [off]. What happens in Xinjiang is NOT about human rights, ethnicity or religion, but combating terrorism & separatism. Double standards only boomerang [back] on the US itself.”

“The US messed up in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, and Yemen. Now the US tries to mess up Hong Kong…and China. This is just an illusion and will never succeed…This is what a normal Chinese citizen will think about that.”

In a related clip, translated by Twitter user Jules Salomez, the spokesperson made the threat more clear:

“The 9/11 attacks on the US took place not too long ago. The US had better not forget about the pain after the wound has finally healed. If the US continues to hypocritically criticize China’s efforts to prevent terrorism and force one’s own will on the domestic affairs of China, than the United States will eventually be forced to pay the price for one’s wrong doings.”

China’s state-run CCTV encourages protesters to “redecorate” the “White House”

While the comments from the spokesperson were ominous, they were also intentionally left vague, leaving some room for generous interpretation. One might assume she was merely referring to karma forcing the United States to pay the price. That is until China’s propaganda machine began spinning its wheels.

China’s state-run news agency, CCTV, took the comments one step further, publishing a very alarming image to their social media accounts. The image reads: “America passes the Hong Kong Human Rights Act. Welcome to the White House – do some decoration.”

Image depicts protesters ransacking the Capitol (which they seem to have confused with the White House). The protesters are dressed in a similar fashion to Hong Kong democracy protesters, making the message impossible to ignore.

The implication is clear: that if the United States intends to meddle in the affairs of Hong Kong, then China feels that, should attacks take place in the United States, that’s merely our just deserts.

It’s worth pointing out that CCTV actually used the wrong building for their artwork. Picture above is an artistic rendering of our Capitol building. Twitter user and Manchurian dissident Augustus Borealis weighed in on the confusion:

Earlier this month, US lawmakers passed two bills to censure the communist regime:

S. 2710: A bill to prohibit the commercial export of covered munitions items to the Hong Kong Police Force

S. 1838: Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2019

President Donald Trump has signed these bills into law.

President of Interpol, originally reported missing, has been detained by Chinese ‘discipline authorities’ while on trip

Update: This story has been updated with additional information to better serve our readers. If you are returning to this article, excerpts from Human Rights Watch as well as a reference from an attorney can now be found below just after the first quoted block.

The president of Interpol, contrary to original reports, is not missing. Rather, Meng Hongwei ( 孟宏伟 ), the head of the International Criminal Police Organization, has been detained by Chinese authorities while on a visit home from Interpol’s headquarters in Lyon, France.

Hong Kong’s paper of record, the South China Morning Post, had this to say:

The first Chinese head of Interpol, the international law enforcement agency, is under investigation in China, a source has told the Post, amid mystery surrounding his disappearance after his wife reported to French police he had gone missing.

Meng Hongwei, 64, who is also a vice-minister at China’s Ministry of Public Security, was “taken away” for questioning by discipline authorities “as soon as he landed in China” last week, according to the source.

South China Morning Post

Seized by the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection

According to Teng Biao, a human rights lawyer, Meng was taken by China’s Central Commission for Discipline Inspection. CCDI investigates a number of potential offenses including corruption, political mistakes, and counter-revolutionary actions—that’s to say anything that might disrupt the Communist party’s control. 

Human Rights Watch expressed concern about Meng’s capacity to run Interpol neutrally under 

Human Rights Watch is also concerned about the ability of Meng Hongwei, who assumed Interpol’s presidency in November 2016, to maintain Interpol’s neutrality, and to respect and protect human rights in the organization’s activities and strategies.

As Interpol’s president, Meng plays an important role in setting the organization’s agenda.  Human Rights Watch understands his role to involve supervising the work of the secretary general, the day-to-day chief, and heading the executive committee, which is Interpol’s core decision-making body. 

Meng at the same time is a vice minister in the Chinese Ministry of Public Security, which is controlled by the Chinese Communist Party and plays an essential role in ensuring the Party’s grip on power.  According to China’s Police Law, Chinese police must abide by the Constitution, which states that the Chinese people are “under the leadership of the Chinese Communist Party.” 

Human Rights Watch

HRW also noted that the Ministry of Public Security has often been involved in crackdowns on political dissidents and questioned whether Meng’s proximity to those incidents should warrant him unfit to lead Interpol.

Meng also serves as a vice-minister at China’s Minister of Public Security, which makes his detention by authorities even more peculiar.

According to Chinese law, a suspect’s family must be notified of any detention within 24 hours. There are exceptions to this rule when doing so would in some way inhibit the investigation. Meng’s spouse, who is currently living in Lyon where Meng was stationed, reported him as missing to the French police so it is likely she was not notified of his detention.

He has been in custody for roughly one week.

Interpol is the international organization tasked with facilitating information exchange between the 192 member states’ various law enforcement agencies. Contrary to popular belief, Hollywood, and whatever misgivings you might have from the threats they broadcast at the start of DVDs, Interpol has no authority to make arrests and strictly serves as a means to exchange information between jurisdictions.

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