Trading on crises, a deal with China could see a crackdown on fentanyl flooding the U.S. at the cost of turning a blind eye to human rights abuses during upcoming meet between presidents.
Having already led California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) to sweep San Francisco’s homeless off the streets and under the proverbial carpet, the theater of politics braced for the next act wherein President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping would hold a bilateral meeting Wednesday. That aside from the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit could see the White House touting a victory in combatting the opioid epidemic.
Ahead of the meeting, Bloomberg reported that “Under the deal — which is still being finalized — China would go after chemical companies to stem the flow of both fentanyl and the source material used to make the deadly synthetic opioid, according to the people, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the agreement.”
The report also indicated what Xi hoped to gain from tamping down on what could be described as a time of chemical warfare, namely clearance for the alleged continued repression of ethnic Uyghurs in China.
“In return, the Biden administration would lift restrictions on China’s forensic police institute, the people said, an entity the US alleges is responsible for human-rights abuses,” reported Bloomberg.
Speaking with reporters Monday, National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan expressed, “I won’t get too far ahead of the meeting, and I’ll let the president speak for himself after he has the chance to meet with President Xi, but we believe that there are areas where our interests overlap, like our efforts to combat the illicit fentanyl trade.”
As it happened, ahead of the summit, homeless camps had been cleared from the surrounding area sanitizing what would otherwise have been a first-hand look at the devastation being wrought throughout the United States.
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Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) detailed that 150 people in America die daily from overdoses connected to synthetic drugs like fentanyl. Additionally, the National Center for Health Statistics noted a greater than seven-fold uptick in those overdoses from 2015 to 2021. That amounted to 70,601 deaths in 2021, more than 65% of the total 106,699 drug overdose deaths for that year.
For “the first nine months of 2023 there have been a total of 620 overdose deaths” in San Francisco alone, Dr. Hillary Kunins had told local media in October.
“All in all we’re looking forward to a productive meeting. President Biden has a long history with President Xi and their conversations are direct, they’re straightforward and President Biden believes there is no substitute for leader-to-leader, face-to-face diplomacy to manage this complex relationship,” added Sullivan to reporters.
Speaking with Bloomberg, American Enterprise Institute senior fellow Derek Scissors didn’t possess nearly as sunny an outlook on the bilateral meeting as he expressed, “China’s agreements have an unstated condition: Void if you criticize Xi and the Communist Party. If the Biden administration isn’t pro-China in 2024, enforcement of a fentanyl deal will fade away.”
In May, a Chinese embassy spokesperson had advanced the CCP talking points on the matter stating, ” The US sanctions against Chinese companies and citizens will add more obstacles to China-US counter-narcotics cooperation.”
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