The renowned manufacturer of the MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9A Reaper, General Atomics (GA-ASI), has expressed concerns and “firmly opposes” China’s agricultural project near Grand Forks Air Force Base in North Dakota.

In a press release statement released last week, the GA-ASI urged the US Government to reconsider the approval of the 370 acres of land purchase of Fufeng Group instead scrapping the whole project proposal entirely, noting potential espionage. The planned $700 million corn milling plant is only 15 miles from the air base, where defense technology companies such as GA-ASI generally “conduct significant test and evaluation efforts related to unmanned aircraft, radar systems, and other advanced military technologies,” jeopardizing national security.

“The proposed agricultural project represents a major vulnerability for maintaining the necessary secrecy and integrity of classified weapons, communications frequencies, satellite connectivity, and many other technologies vital to global security,” the statement read.

GA-ASI spokesman C Mark Brinkley highlighted that the Chinese business efforts are more often than not inextricably linked with Chinese government measures.