Treason or stupidity?
On Wednesday, President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping emerged from a four-hour meeting with a renewed understanding of how to disrupt the flow of fentanyl into the United States.
“It’s gonna save lives and I appreciate President Xi’s commitment on this issue. President Xi and I tasked our teams to maintain a policy and law enforcement coordination going forward to make sure it works,” Biden said during a press conference Wednesday night.
RAND Corporation Senior International and Defense Researcher Dave Luckey, who previously served at the Department of Homeland Security, called this a “massive step.”
What’s the reality behind all the hype?
China’s National Narcotics Control Commission issued a directive Friday citing existing laws on narcotics and customs controls as a reminder to logistics businesses in the country on preventing the shipment of narcotics and psychotropic drugs abroad.
The notice called on businesses and companies to be “cautious about orders from the United States and Mexico and be wary of the exported items being used to manufacture drugs.” It also warned businesses of the risk of getting caught up in law enforcement actions abroad.
So China told its companies to smuggle precursor chemicals with caution because America was cracking down.
This is in sharp contrast to what Biden is hyping.
According to the White House, the Chinese government will start taking law enforcement action against Chinese suppliers of these materials and issue a notice to domestic industries. The White House said, “(a)s a result, certain (People’s Republic of China)-based pharmaceutical companies have ceased operations and have had some international payment accounts blocked.”
Uh-huh. The reality is China’s notice was pretty much, “don’t get caught.”