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After US fentanyl deal, China warns against sale of chemicals used in narcotics manufacturing

An undated photo released by the Guardia di Finanza shows tools seized as part of an operation against the trafficking of fentanyl from China to the United States, in Piacenza, Italy. Guardia di Finanza Press Office/handout via REUTERS Acquire licensing rights

BEIJING, Nov 17 (Reuters) – China’s narcotics control agency warned against the manufacture and sale of substances that could be used to make illegal drugs, a day after President Xi Jinping said China would end exports of items used to make the opioid fentanyl. .

In a circular issued Thursday, the office of China’s National Narcotics Control Commission also warned of the risk of running into the “long-arm jurisdiction” of foreign law enforcement.

The United States has long sought cooperation from China to end the illicit flow of precursor chemicals used to make fentanyl, which is up to 50 times more potent than heroin and is increasingly mixed with drugs. other drugs, often with fatal results.

At their summit Wednesday in San Francisco, Xi and U.S. President Joe Biden agreed that China would end exports of products linked to fentanyl production.

Under the deal, China will directly go after certain chemical companies that make fentanyl precursors, a senior U.S. official said.

In its circular, the narcotics agency warned that any person or company, including postal and logistics companies, which has knowledge of the sale, transport or export of illegal drugs or chemical precursors could make the subject to criminal prosecution or fines.

U.S. officials say small chemical companies in China are manufacturing precursor chemicals that are shipped to Mexico to produce illicit fentanyl. China says drug addiction and demand are domestic problems in the United States.

Reporting by Ryan Woo; edited by Miral Fahmy

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