Washington provocations against China may have narcotic catastrophe as side effect.
Written by Lucas Leiroz, researcher in Social Sciences at the Rural Federal University of Rio de Janeiro; geopolitical consultant.
Tensions between China and the US are getting worse. Since House Speaker Nancy Pelosi landed in Taipei, Beijing has imposed several sanctions on the US, being the banning on anti-drug cooperation the first of them. The impact of this sanction is extremely relevant for the US, which depends on Chinese help to prevent substances such as fentanyl from entering its territory. This type of drug has been causing a serious epidemic of overdoses in the US for years, and now the threat seems even greater.
White House spokespersons recently spoke out condemning the Chinese attitude of interrupting cooperation with the US in the fight against drug trafficking, stressing the need for both countries to work together for countering fentanyl, a substance that is a chemical base for several drugs that have become popular among young Americans. Last year alone, more than 100,000 Americans died from overdose due to fentanyl addiction, turning the situation into a public health crisis.
Rahul Gupta, director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), said: “At a time when illicit fentanyl continues to claim a life every five minutes, it’s unacceptable that the PRC (People’s Republic of China) is withholding cooperation that would help to bring to justice individuals who traffic these illicit drugs and who engage in this global criminal enterprise (…) The disruption would have global implications (…) China has played and must play a key role in helping disrupt the illicit flow of drugs like fentanyl and their precursor chemicals”.
In response to White House’s statement, on August 12, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin also commented on the case, stating: “In disregard of China’s stern warning and repeated representations, U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi insisted on her provocative visit to China’s Taiwan region, which seriously undermined the political foundation of China-U.S. relations (…) As for the fentanyl abuse in the United States, I’d like to say that first, the root of the crisis lies in the U.S. (…) According to the International Narcotics Control Board, the United States is the world’s largest producer and consumer of fentanyl-like substances. Americans, who account for 5 percent of the world’s population, consume 80 percent of the world’s opioids (…) Second, China has made great efforts to help the United States solve the fentanyl problem (…) Third, the responsibility of undermining China-U.S. counternarcotics cooperation rests entirely with the U.S. side”.
In fact, the US is interpreting the Chinese countermeasures to Pelosi’s visit as an affront because Washington faces a serious problem with fentanyl and needs Beijing’s help to continue its anti-drug strategy, considering that Chinese chemicals exported to US and Mexico are the main raw material for the manufacture of this drug – with the Mexican cartels being some of the biggest suppliers for the American market of fentanyl-based drugs.
Since 2019, Beijing has established strict export control on fentanyl and similar substances, with the aim of preventing them from reaching clandestine laboratories and being used to manufacture drugs. The US, however, did not implement any rigid substance control to stop the synthetic opioid crisis. On the contrary, the US government was late in applying anti-drug measures and favored the emergence of clandestine laboratories affiliated to the Mexican cartels within US territory itself.
In fact, for some years, China controlled the entry of fentanyl into the US more than the US authorities themselves. But the situation has reversed in recent days due to the diplomatic crisis – and now the scenario is even more worrying for Americans. If Washington does not rush to create a chemical control system and does not make an effort to incisively combat drug trafficking, the overdose epidemic will increase even more, as China will no longer impede the entry of these substances into the US.
The Chinese measure does not directly imply an increase or decrease in drug trafficking in the US. Beijing is just abdicating from administering the flow of chemicals to the US and leaving that to the responsibility of the American authorities themselves. It is not the Chinese who are manufacturing fentanyl-based drugs, but the cartels that are taking advantage of Chinese products to produce illicit substances. The responsibility to prevent this lies with the US government and if local authorities are not competent to do so, it is not China’s fault.
This is just another case that illustrates how the US loses with its international anti-China policy. Indeed, for Washington to regain cooperation, the path is really simple: stop foreign interventionism, respect one-China principle and cease acting as a “global police”, turning its attention to the domestic problems.
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Thats pretty telling -USA has 5 % of the worlds population but consumes 80 % of the worlds drugs – it speaks volumes for America,s version of Capitalism which is just the same as the Mafia – as several Americans have said — Capitalism for the masses –Communism for $ millionaires & $ billionaires.
US is a shithole. Pure and simple. Their people are dumb as lampposts ( no offense for the lampposts ). Add to it their opioid and other drugs massive abuse. Their innate egotism and love for violence and you something worse than Congo.
They have been blessed in the past by the fact that a lot of brains from Europe and Asia found their lack of rules enticing. And even now their technological machine is powered at around 80% by chinese and indian tech mavericks.
When these people will go back home, the shithole will sunk like a holed ship.
My Grandpa worked as a lamppost man and he was not stupid and took no offence for an answer.
your grandpa wasn’t a lamppost though
Ah, but your grandpa was ‘old fashioned’, Tommy.
If you have continued your grand daddy’s profession today you would be a Smart Lamppost ‘person’ and that would explain why your light does not work at night. :)
𝗠𝗮𝗸𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗺𝗼𝗿𝗲 𝗶𝗻𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗲 𝗲𝗮𝗰𝗵 𝗺𝗼𝗻𝘁𝗵 𝗳𝗿𝗼𝗺 𝗱𝗼𝗺𝗲𝘀𝘁𝗶𝗰 𝗲𝘅𝘁𝗿𝗮 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝗻 $𝟮𝟲𝗸 𝘀𝗶𝗺𝗽𝗹𝘆 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗮𝗶𝗱 𝗼𝗳 𝘂𝘀𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗱𝗼𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗲𝗮𝘀𝘆 𝗿𝗲𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗱𝘂𝗰𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗽𝗮𝘀𝘁𝗲 𝗹𝗶𝗸𝗲 𝗼𝗻 𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗲 𝗮𝗰𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗶𝘁𝘆. 𝗜 𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗻 𝗵𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝗿𝗲𝗰𝗲𝗶𝘃𝗲𝗱 $𝟭𝟴𝟲𝟯𝟱 𝗳𝗿𝗼𝗺 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗰𝗹𝗲𝗮𝗻 (𝗻𝗮𝘂-𝟯𝟬) 𝗱𝗼𝗺𝗲𝘀𝘁𝗶𝗰 𝗮𝗰𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗶𝘁𝘆 𝗘𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘆𝗯𝗼𝗱𝘆 𝗰𝗮𝗻 𝗻𝗼𝘄 𝗺𝗮𝗸𝗲𝘀 𝗺𝗼𝗿𝗲 𝗺𝗼𝗻𝗲𝘆 𝗼𝗻 𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗲 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝗱𝗶𝗳𝗳𝗶𝗰𝘂𝗹𝘁𝘆 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗮𝗶𝗱 𝗼𝗳 𝘂𝘀𝗶𝗻𝗴.
At least the bulk of the drugged up US population will ‘ die happy sooner.
These trivial reactions from Beijing wouldn’t be able to hide the fact that Chinese love for mericunts remains strong despite the diplomatic debacle in Taiwan, simply because of their robust lucrative trade with US worth $800 billion a year.
Will it still remain “strong ” when the US defends Taiwan ?
The question we should first ask is “will Beijing use force to reunify the island back into its fold?”.. We haven’t seen any real sign of that yet.
Okay Hindot –I think they will as they were at war with India and it wasn’t a “shouting war ” many were killed.
Its a matter of principle that must come before money .
Donn, I’m not inclined to believe that Beijing will have the nerve and dare to launch a military operation as did the Russians over Ukraine, considering the benefits of such move will not outweigh the massive lost they’ve got to endure as repercussions bite. Given the circumstances, l couldn’t imagine China’s preparedness to handle the punitive sanctions in the pipeline ready to be unleashed the next day following invasion let alone the risk of losing $1 trillion worth of US debt it holds and other valuable assets subject for confiscation across the globe. If anything, China would always favor its beneficial advantage and preserve the status quo rather than gamble everything with a prize value at a thousand times smaller than the capital investment.
They have no desire to go to war when they know in time Taiwan will vote to rejoin China. The people will be happy with the reunification whereas with a war the resentment will extend for generations. China has always been patient and they will go to war only when the US forces the issue to that point. Just like the US forced the issue in Ukraine which proved to be so successful they will be emboldened to try again. They don’t care how many die from either side and Taiwan is just a means too an end for them.
They might have “no desire ” to go to war and you presume a lot thinking Taiwan will join China without the same force as SHOWN by China in Hong Kong– we will see who is right .
From your post you must think the Chinese military are liars when they say they are ready to defend their rights to OWNERSHIP of Taiwan by FORCE.
Actual real live events have shown what they do in Hong Kong rather than speculation.
The Hong Kong situation was caused by the CIA. I was in Hong Kong when Britain and China were discussing handing HK back to China. I saw the lowering of the British flag and the Chinese Police come across the border. Porugal handed back Macau years before but China refused to take it back until HK was changed over. That they allowed a certain amount of autonomy was that Taiwan was always their No 1 prize and were prepared to wait until the Kuomintang (KMT) influence waning. It is already waning and a large percentage of the new generations are wanting closer relations with China. It will be the US interference that will result in another Russia-Ukraine situation. Don’t know where you get the idea I think the Chinese military are liars. They will do as they are ordered to.
My words were– YOU – JW think the Chinese military are liars ” –not “I” think by your presumption in the belief of China NOT going to war over Taiwan .
As regards your comments on the CIA you didn’t add the FACT that MI6 and “Military Intelligence ” ( UK ) went a long way in helping America to stir up trouble for China .
Dont YOU know that GCHQ & the NSA work hand in glove with mutual transfers and even marriages taking place ?
USA the Brawn — England — the Brains –I have pictures inside GCHQ -upmarket Troll Farm.
Its a Drug country, its a schame, wath happened with the old US of north america, peace men !
It’s the same thing as when EU accuses Russia to be responsible for the EU energy crysis!, while blocking their assets, refusing to use their pipelines, blocking the sea transport, not to mention sanctions regime, they introduced!
Hilarious indeed, psychopathic Europeans will perform extreme masochistic stunt just to comply with every words given to them by the Anglo-Saxon masters.
cooperating w an amerikan is same as trying to cooperate w diseased rabid mongrel—only possible after they are 2 meter under dirt
US : I play the opium war card China : reverse !
I dont get it. US invades Afghanistan in 2002 and increase Afghan opium/heroine production from 8000 ha to 300 000 ha in 10 years, and profit from distributing heroine to the world including opium to China.
Now US cry about lack of cooperation from China to avoid Chinese Fentanyl in US. It must be US who refuse to cooperate in the distribution of Chinese Fentanyl in the British Commonwealth. Fixed.
The US could mop up Fentanyl and those distribute it relatively easy, but they don’t want to…..
I wonder if the Chinese admin will now help the world with their Fauci problem. The USadmin is not only trying to organise a revolt in Chinese territory, but they are also trying to pin the blame for the ‘covid’ on the Chinese admin. Maybe it’s time the Chinese admin put things straight on the poison dwarf?
The USadmin do not need any help with drugs and vice. They are already experts and long time users.
China is being generous considering how the British fought a war to continue the opium trade in China and US gunboats were part of the ‘coalition’ that helped impose drug addiction and misery on the Chinese people. I would not be surprised if there are those in China who would like to flood the USA with fentynal simply out of revenge.
and flood Japan with corpses simply out of revenge
it is fun watching the sun rising serfs bark at China, considering their history of crimes against chinese people
China still refers to that period as a time of shame never to be repeated. That event cuts very deep into the Chinese mind which America does not comprehend nor understand
So China is forcing america to pay for its own policing !What a shower of short sighted fuckwits these americans are.
Well said, Steve. :)
As they say: “Conflict between USA and China over Taiwan” – how very true. There is no real conflict between Taiwan and China. Taiwan’s trade with China accounts for 41%. Taiwan could nor survive without these 41%
this is by design; we expect this non cooperation to result in the elimination of 25% of our homeless population…we get rich they die
Tel Aviv approves
If the US wants too cooperate with China then they must stop poking pins in them that have nothing to do with acupuncture. Spit in Chinas face and your 1 death every five minutes from Fentanyl will now become 1 every 2 minutes. Lots of those will be what could have become soldiers so US you are really shooting yourselves in the foot with your possible conscripts shooting themselves in their arms.
As soon as they say they are trying to prevent Fentanyl entering the US, I know they are lying. Fentanyl is a very convenient way of getting rid of part of the population they don’t want….fast. It is an extremely dangerous drug, and dealers would prefer to keep repeat customers around using other substances.
Fentanyl is used for date rape, for loss of memory and for murder.
They’re using it to cut the drugs to speed up the death of the vulnerable population. Even weed is being tainted with it now.
when incompetent senile politicians confuse Austria w Australia, Taiwan with Hawaii and hunter biden appointed DEA director it may that Blinken requested this
very upset—fentanyl in my nebraska trailer park must be paid in rubles—why Russia humiliates us lgbt? we are submissive bend knee for BLM and drag queens