Communities Protest Plans to Build Chinese Factories
March 22, 2023 | Michigan
Communities in Michigan are protesting against a decision which would allow a Chinese-owned firm to build a factory in the area.
According to The Midwesterner, footage of a recent Green Charter Township board meeting showed over 100 residents of the Mecosta County showing up to protest the decision made by the board.
The concerns were raised when lawmakers approved around $585 million from the state fund to go towards the building of the factory which would produce electric vehicle batteries. The plans for the factory were approved by a state economic development board, and it was meant to be built in both the Big Rapids and Green Charter Townships.
In February, the construction in Big Rapids was delayed after the town board unanimously voted to request a federal review for any national security risk. According to The Detroit News, the security concerns were raised due to the ownership of the company being Chinese. (Excerpt from One America News.)