Beijing, 1 February 2024 (TDI): The US and the People’s Republic of China (PRC) led the inauguration of the Counternarcotics Working Group on January 30, in Beijing, China.
The US Ambassador to China Nicholas Burns wrote, “Pleased to join Deputy Homeland Security Advisor Jen Daskal to launch the Counternarcotics Working Group with Minister Wang Xiaohong to combat Fentanyl and other illicit drugs”.
He further added, “This is a major result of the US President summit with President Xi Jinping in San Francisco in November 2023. The concrete action is to save lives.”
Counternarctoics Working Group
The bilateral collaboration will strive efforts to counter the global manufacturing and trafficking of illicit synthetic drugs like fentanyl. Moreover, the two sides emphasized the need to coordinate and collaborate on law enforcement actions.
Particularly, the aim is to address the misuse of precursor chemicals, pill presses, and related equipment.
The delegations further discussed the importance of regular sharing of information. Furthermore, to ensure a common understanding of the dynamic illicit threat posed by synthetic drugs.
The group was led by Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Homeland Security Advisor Jennifer Deskel. The delegation also included representatives from the Department of Homeland Security.
Also, officials from the Department of Justice, the Department of State, the Department of Treasury, and the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy are included.
Reportedly, the Chinese official showed hope that both sides will ensure the fundamental guideline with mutual respect, coexistence, equality, mutual benefit, and anti-drug cooperation.
The two countries are expected to take the start in addressing each other’s concerns, deepen their cooperation in law enforcement and security, and inject more positive energy into the situation.
According to reports, it may progress towards healthy, stable, and sustainable development of US-China relations. Lastly, the two sides agreed to realize cooperation on drug control.