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China denies making, exporting fentanyl chemicals and blames the United States



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Former Secretary of State under the Trump administration, Mike Pompeo, tweeted this week that “China has been knowingly sending deadly fentanyl precursors to the U.S. for years. They should be held accountable.”

Pompeo’s tweet accompanied the link to a CNN article which details an investigation which “explored whether US-sanctioned chemical companies in China are evading Washington DC’s crackdown on illicitly made fentanyl – finding at least one China-based company that had links to a sanctioned entity, and a seller eager to ship potential ingredients for the lethal drug.”

China refused the allegations of its involvement in trafficking fentanyl on Thursday. In fact, Mao Ning, the spokesperson for China’s Foreign Ministry blamed the United States. When asked about Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s recent request for China’s assistance in halting the supply of chemicals utilized by Mexican drug cartels in the production of fentanyl, Mao responded:

“The root cause of overdose lies in the U.S. itself, and the problem is completely made in the U.S. The U.S. should face up to its own problems and take more substantive measures to strengthen domestic supervision and reduce demand.”

In a recent press conference, Mao stated that “China has always taken a zero-tolerance attitude towards illegal drug production and trafficking. We have strict controls over the production, export and sales of fentanyl, and we have strengthened cooperation with international law enforcement agencies.”

Mexico has also been an inadequate partner to the United States in combatting fentanyl trafficking. In March of this year López Obrador denied that fentanyl is produced in Mexico, despite admissions from his government to the contrary.

The Foreign Desk News reports:

The U.S. has been grappling with an opioid crisis for years, with fentanyl being one of the main culprits behind a surge in overdoses. The synthetic opioid is estimated to be 50-100 times more potent than morphine, and has been responsible for approximately 70,000 deaths per year in the U.S.

Despite China’s denial of any involvement in illegal fentanyl trafficking, the U.S. has taken steps to crack down on the import of the drug. In 2018, the U.S. introduced the Synthetics Trafficking and Overdose Prevention (STOP) Act, which requires all international packages to be screened for fentanyl and other synthetic opioids.

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Electric Vehicle company with Chinese ties awarded $500 million of taxpayer money for 2nd U.S. plant



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With a little help from their Democrat friends, a Chinese electric vehicle (EV) battery company with ties to the Chinese Communist Party just announced the opening of its second plant in the United States.

Fox News reports Gotion Inc., whose parent company Gotion High-Tech is based in Hefei, China, unveiled plans to build a $2 billion lithium battery plant in Manteno, Illinois, alongside Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker, who cheered the project.

The announcement comes amid growing opposition to the company’s plans to build a billion-dollar factory in Mecosta County, Michigan.

In order to make the expansion happen, lobbyists for the Chinese Communist Party-tied electric vehicle company funneled cash to Democrats. “Individuals at a law firm registered as foreign agents to lobby on behalf of Gotion, a Chinese electric vehicle battery company developing a controversial project in Michigan, and wired campaign contributions to several top Democrats” reports Fox News.

“According to state and federal filings, Monique Field-Foster, an attorney at the Lansing office of the Warner Norcross + Judd law firm who is acting as a foreign agent on behalf of Gotion, donated to the campaigns of Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Whitmer’s sister Liz Gereghty and Michigan Democratic Senate hopeful Rep. Elissa Slotkin” the Fox News report continued.

“In partnership with the business community and the General Assembly, two years ago we set out to make Illinois a destination for electric vehicle and clean energy companies from across the globe,” Pritzker said in a statement.

“With the right incentives, nation-leading infrastructure, world-class workforce and booming clean energy production, we have transformed ourselves into an attractive location for global manufacturers. Today, we take another leap forward. It’s my pleasure to welcome Gotion to Illinois and to show the world yet again that Illinois is ready to be a player on the world stage.”

Pritzker delivered remarks late last week thanking Gotion for choosing Illinois to call “home” in a ceremony with leaders from Gotion High-Tech, including Li Zhen, the company’s chairman and president, who said he expected the factory to open in less than 12 months.

“All that we see here [in Illinois] are of enormous value to us: an enabling business environment, a supportive state government for the new energy industry and their highly efficient work, as well as the prospects of the State of Illinois in the coming years,” the Gotion president added. “We believe that Gotion’s battery technology will help to boost e-mobility in North America and the economic and trade exchanges between China and the U.S.”

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