Trump says China trade talks to end March 1 'unless extended'

Marco Green
December 7, 2018

According to the statistics, 47,600 people died from any opioid and 28,466 people died from synthetic opioids other than methadone - which includes fentanyl.

During the G20 summit in Buenos Aires last week, Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed to reclassify fentanyl as a "controlled substance", which means individuals in China who sell fentanyl to the U.S. "will be subject to China's maximum penalty under the law", according to a statement from the White House.

However he offered no new details on what China had agreed to with the United States. Yet, the flow of fentanyl continued and fentanyl-related overdose deaths continued to climb.

And in reality, China is already most likely the world's leading drug executioner.

But the spokesman did not provide more specific details about what actions China would take. The new report showed the deficit grew more than 11 percent through October from the year before and thus pointed to an awkward emerging reality for Trump: If the pattern holds, by the end of this year the USA trade deficit will have reached $600 billion for the first time.

But as has been evident from his support of bloody-handed Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who has presided over a war on drug sellers and users that has left thousands dead, Trump has a fondness for the death penalty.

"When people or countries come in to raid the great wealth of our Nation, I want them to pay for the privilege of doing so", he said.

Trump has also reportedly praised the use of the death penalty against drug dealers in Singapore, China and the Philippines.

After the meeting, Washington agreed to hold off on Trump's threat to raise tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese imports to 25 percent beginning January 1, leaving them at the current 10 percent rate. "President Trump's push for China to execute more of its citizens for drug offenses is morally repugnant and ignores the decades-long failure of extremely harsh drug policies here in the U.S".

That caused global stock markets to sink Tuesday after Trump revived threats of tariff hikes, though share prices rebounded following positive Chinese statements on Wednesday.

Trump added China would roll back tariffs of 40% on cars. "Too many incidents - fast trial, death penalty". Smith is now a senior writing fellow at the Independent Media Institute.

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