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China hits out at US drugs tag

CHINA yesterday urged the United States to stop attacking and slandering the country, following the release of a US presidential memorandum that identified China as one of the major drug transit or illicit drug producing countries.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Mao Ning made the remarks at a regular press briefing when responding to a query concerning the memorandum released on September 15.

Stressing that the US “designation” is groundless and malicious in nature, Mao said China firmly opposes it and has lodged solemn representations with the US side.

She said the Chinese government attaches great importance to drug control and has classified 456 types of substances as controlled under its drug control laws, making it one of the countries with the most drugs under control in the world, and with the strictest controls.

“There is no doubt that China is a model of global drug governance, that it is the country that is implementing its anti-drug policies in the strictest manner, and this is widely recognized by the international community.”

She said the US, which accounts for less than 5 percent of the world’s population but consumes 80 percent of the world’s opioids, is among the countries with the highest demand for drugs and has no right to criticize China's drug control work.


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