According to a report released by the U.S. Congress on Tuesday, Aug. 24, Beijing has failed to live up to its promises to stop the flow of the lethal synthetic drug fentanyl from Chinese chemical factories into the United States. As a result, the drug continues to increasingly circulate among young Americans, wreaking havoc on their bodies.
The U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission report, released Tuesday, states that “China remains the primary country of origin for illicit fentanyl and fentanyl-related substances,” which coupled with little cooperation from the communist regime to control its export, only translates into an exponential increase in the influx and consumption of the dangerous drug.
Instead of shipping directly to the United States as was originally done, Chinese manufacturers have established partnerships with Mexican cartels who receive the raw materials and are in charge of manufacturing the drug and then bring it into the United States through the Southern border, which is criticized for its overflows and weak controls.
The report comes more than two years after Communist leader Xi Jinping promised former U.S. President Donald Trump that authorities in China would crack down on fentanyl production and distribution.
Fentanyl is a highly toxic synthetic opioid attributed to the rising death rate from drug overdoses in the United States. The raw material generally comes from China and is then processed and manufactured in Mexico, from where it is exported to the rest of the world, primarily the United States.
The primary chemicals from China are mixed with other narcotics to increase potency and then compressed into pills commonly known as “Mexican oxys.”
While the increase in the amount of narcotics seized is of concern, it is even more worrying to know that much more may be coming in due to the number of people entering the United States illegally, following Biden’s open borders policy.
When Reuters news agency contacted the Chinese Foreign Ministry to inquire about this issue, they responded that “the allegations are unreasonable and unacceptable.”
The ministry argued that China has strict control over all narcotics, psychotropic drugs, and precursor chemicals, and its efforts are internationally recognized.
However, the report chided the Chinese regime for not doing enough to strengthen regulations and enforcement of China’s “vast chemical and pharmaceutical industries.”
They also highlighted that Chinese actors are working increasingly closer with Mexico’s drug cartels.
“Drug producers and smugglers in China are becoming more sophisticated in evading Chinese and US authorities,” it found, “and the growing involvement of Mexican cartels and advanced money laundering schemes have exacerbated the problem.”
Combating fentanyl smuggling has become one of the key targets for several U.S. agencies, especially since it was announced that overdose deaths rose to more than 93,000 in 2020, mostly fentanyl-related.