Sacks of fentanyl seized at an airport in Chicago, Illinois. The US has accused China of being the main source of the powerful painkiller. Photo: Reuters

China responds to US demand for tighter fentanyl curbs with new rules to ban future variants of deadly opioid

  • All derivatives of drug to be added to list of controlled substances in what China says is an ‘innovative’ contribution to the global war on drugs
  • Beijing denies move is concession ahead of latest trade talks, which start later this week in Washington
Topic |   Fentanyl and other opioids

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Sacks of fentanyl seized at an airport in Chicago, Illinois. The US has accused China of being the main source of the powerful painkiller. Photo: Reuters
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Kinling Lo

Kinling Lo

Kinling Lo is a China reporter covering diplomacy and society news for the Post. She joined the team in 2016 as a cadet reporter.

Phoebe Zhang

Phoebe Zhang

Phoebe Zhang is a society reporter with the South China Morning Post. She likes to write human-interest stories and has written many about people living on the fringes of society. She believes there's no story or person that's too small.