Mexico City, June 1. The embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Mexico said on Thursday that the United States took the so-called crimes related to illicit drugs “as an excuse” on May 30 to impose “unreasonable” sanctions on 17 Chinese entities and individuals and expressed its strong “dissatisfaction and strong opposition.
In a statement on the United States Sanctioning Chinese Entities and Individuals for Alleged Involvement in Illicit Drug Production, China’s diplomatic thirst noted that the US-fabricated pretext this time “is that these Chinese entities and individuals are involved in the sale of pill presses, molds and other equipment to the United States and Mexico”.
However, he said in the statement, “it is well known that pill presses and molds are common products with legal uses and are widely used in regular industrial production.”
And that in accordance with common practice and custom around the world, “ensuring that imported goods are not used for illicit purposes is not only the basic responsibility of importing companies, but also the legal obligation of the governments of importing countries” .
“The United States itself is the root cause of its drug abuse problems,” the Chinese embassy noted.
He recalled that the Chinese government has taken a firm stance in the fight against drugs and guided by the humanitarian spirit, “we have worked with the US to help resolve its fentanyl abuse.”
He explained that in May 2019, China became the first country in the world to officially list the entire class of fentanyl-related substances, marking an important move in preventing the illicit manufacturing, trafficking and abuse of fentanyl. the substance.
However, he said, the United States, disregarding China’s goodwill, used the so-called “human rights issue” in Xinjiang to impose sanctions on the Ministry of Public Security’s Institution of Forensic Sciences and the China National Narcotics Laboratory. China.
And now, “the US imposes new sanctions on Chinese companies and individuals and attempts to blame China for its own fentanyl problem, attempting to mislead the public and deflect blame for its inaction.”
In addition, he said that “unilateral sanctions will not solve the US’s own problems, but will only create more obstacles to China-US cooperation”, while “China will continue to take necessary measures to defend the rights and interests legitimate interests of Chinese companies and individuals”.
In the note, China pointed out that “it attaches great importance to its anti-drug cooperation with Mexico, and the channels of bilateral cooperation are very fluid.”
He also said that the relevant departments of both countries “maintain good communication” and are conducting excellent and professional cooperation on a concerned case.
“We hope that the Mexican side will soon provide the Chinese side with the final results of the laboratories to confirm the nature of the substances involved and carry out the follow-up work,” the embassy said.
Last Friday, the Chinese diplomatic headquarters denied 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 at the beginning of May that he had “evidence” of the illegal trafficking of this substance from China. EFE