Fentanyl, an opioid painkiller 50 times more potent than heroin, has a central role in the US opioid crisis. Photo: TNS

China hits back at Donald Trump’s fentanyl claim, saying US ‘only has itself to blame’ for opioid crisis

  • State media says Beijing ‘has made unprecedented efforts’ to address the problem and the number of trafficking cases to the US is ‘very small’
  • It comes after Trump accused China of failing to stop the sale of the synthetic painkiller to America
Topic |   US-China trade war

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Fentanyl, an opioid painkiller 50 times more potent than heroin, has a central role in the US opioid crisis. Photo: TNS
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Donald Trump threatened to impose tariffs on an extra US$300 billion of Chinese goods on Thursday. Photo: Reuters

Chinese state media questions whether US trade talks should continue after Donald Trump’s ‘destructive’ tariff threat

  • Commentary published in official outlet asks whether there is any point continuing negotiations after the US president’s recent announcement
  • Beijing also rejects accusation that it has not done enough to stop imports of fentanyl, the drug blamed for thousands of deaths in the US
Topic |   US-China trade war

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Donald Trump threatened to impose tariffs on an extra US$300 billion of Chinese goods on Thursday. Photo: Reuters
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