China fulfilled its pledge Monday to classify all forms of Fentanyl as controlled substances, a year after making a promise that it would do so to President Trump.

Last year, after a series of talks with the administration Chinese President Xi Jinping made the pledge but Chinese manufactures worked around regulations implemented by Beijing.

The new policy is expected to take effect on May 1, according to the Associated Press and other reports. China is already regulating 25 variants of fentanyl, however, many the manufacturers made changes to the molecular structure of the narcotic to avoid the regulations placed by China authorities, the reports state. In effect, it created a loophole that allowed the manufactures to export the drug without facing the same scrutiny.

The form of heroin with Fentanyl, described as “China White”, is spilling into the U.S. through the Southern border, which contributes to thousands of deaths and high levels of addiction in the U.S. In one example, Navarro County Texas deputies seized a quarter of a million dollars last month of China White heroin during a simple traffic stop, according to reports.

The drug cartels to the south take control of the deadly substance after it is manufactured in China, say law enforcement officials.

Too Little, Too Late

“Yes, fentanyl is now a controlled substance, but it has always been a substance controlled by Beijing,” dr. Gordan chang

President Xi made his pledge to President Trump in 2017, at the G-20 Summit in Argentina.

Gordon Chang, a renowned academic, columnist, and author of several books including, “The Coming Collapse of China”, spoke to about President Xi’s latest promise and questioned why it took so long to fulfill.

“Xi Jinping runs a semi-totalitarian state, so he had to know about the highly organized gangs that marketed and distributed fentanyl and its precursor chemicals,” said Dr. Chang. “He could have stopped this illegal traffic at any time but chose to let it continue because it harmed America. Yes, fentanyl is now a ‘controlled substance,’ but it has always been a substance controlled by Beijing.”

Fentanyl is a major contributor in the U.S. opioid epidemic, which claims an average of 130 lives each day, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

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Also, to learn more about the opioid epidemic visit the non-profit founded by Sara Carter or view the documentary on America’s opioid crisis