US-Mexico-China war over fentanyl trafficking

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The embassy of the People's Republic of China in Mexico denied this Friday that the fentanyl chemical precursors come from their nation, as the Mexican and US governments have accused.

"Such statements are unfounded that confuse the facts and maliciously frame China," the embassy said in a statement.

In recent months, Mexico and the United States have been locked in an exchange of declarations assuring that the chemical precursors of fentanyl come from China.

Even the president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrados, assured earlier this month that he had “evidence” of the illegal trafficking of this substance from China.

Mexico and the United States blame China

In addition, he reported that he sent a letter to his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, requesting his cooperation against trafficking in fentanyl, a powerful drug that has been wreaking havoc in the United States in recent years.

While in mid-May, the United States Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, accused China of allowing the shipment of chemical precursors to Mexico that are used to manufacture the fentanyl that is trafficked into the United States.

In this regard, the embassy of the Asian country recalled that this nation "always vigorously carries out international cooperation in the field of drug law enforcement under the framework of the United Nations anti-drug conventions."

China denies the allegations

He recalled that China is the first country in the world to "formally" catalog the entire class of fentanyl substances, which has played an important role in preventing its illegal production and trafficking, as well as its abuse.

In addition, he said, the Chinese government “always strictly controls precursor chemicals and they have the longest list of controlled products compared to the United Nations.

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He noted that what the US calls fentanyl precursors “are general chemicals” and recalled that in international trade, the importer is responsible for preventing general chemicals from flowing into drug manufacturing channels.

He charged that the United States "misrepresents" the facts and makes public "negative and false" comments by exposing old cases "irresponsibly criticizing the normal trade of chemicals between China and relevant countries."

Cooperation to fight cross-border drug crimes

In addition to taking advantage of this to accuse and impose sanctions on companies and citizens "in order to misinform the public and blame others, which fully reveals the arrogance and arbitrariness of the United States and is also contempt and trampling on the spirit of the international rule of law.

He said that if the US wants to "sincerely" solve its drug problem, it should respect the facts and "reflect on itself, correct its mistakes and stop evading responsibility by blaming others."

The embassy expressed its support for Mexico in defending its sovereignty and dignity. He also opposed "the bullying of the United States against Mexico under the pretext of the fentanyl issue."

In addition, he expressed his willingness to cooperate with all the countries of the world, including Mexico, to fight cross-border drug crimes.

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