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The growing Chinese footprint in Michigan may soon be facing greater scrutiny as Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) rolls out the welcome mat to the communists in the name of economic development.

Whitmer and state agencies have provided nearly $2 billion in incentives for two communist China-linked projects: Gotion in Big Rapids and CATL in Marshall. The latter is in partnership with Ford and the Michigan-based company took the lead in the recent media coverage.

The governor has attempted to brush past questions about national security and instead focus on the alleged job creation as the topic became a flashpoint in a debate with Republican Tudor Dixon.

Michigan could not "unilaterally disarm and think we're going to build an economy of the future. We have to run fast and win," Whitmer argued.