The U.S. government has blasted China for halting their cooperation in drug trafficking combat, as it is the main source of narcotics brought to the United States.
In a statement on August 8, the White House said that China’s move to suspend cooperation with the United States is “unacceptable.”
Rahul Gupta is director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. He said he was disappointed at the Chinese government’s decision because of the current rampant epidemic of fentanyl-driven overdoses.
Drug overdose has killed more than 100,000 people in the United States in the past year.
Gupta said that illicit fentanyl continues to claim a life every five minutes.
He added that it is unacceptable for China to withhold the cooperation that would help to bring to justice individuals who traffic these illicit drugs and who engage in this global crime.
The White House drug policy adviser said that the suspension from China would have global implications.
Gupta said: “China has played and must play a key role in helping disrupt the illicit flow of drugs like fentanyl and their precursor chemicals.”
Gupta said the United States would continue to push for international action against drug smuggling.
According to Reuters, China is a primary source of fentanyl and fentanyl-related substances trafficked into the United States, though Beijing banned fentanyl and similar variants in 2019.
However, the Chinese government decided to halt the cooperation with the U.S. in combating narcotics smuggling after U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi paid a visit to Taiwan, a self-governed island but Beijing views it as its own territory.
On August 8, China also announced a new round of military drills, one a day after it ended the largest drill around Taiwan in response to Pelosi’s trip.
Last week, China also decided to cancel a series of cooperation channels with the U.S., including military talks, transnational crime and anti-drug.
Before the communist regime suspended its cooperation in drug combat, U.S. President Joe Biden and Chinese leader Xi Jinping had a talk on the fentanyl issue during a call in July. They have asked their teams to do follow-up work.
The U.S. Congress released a report last August. They said that weak cooperation by China was hampering efforts to control the increasingly advanced forms of fentanyl smuggling.