[Ed. – The language is a bit overheated in this piece for McClatchy, but the underlying fact that China is the major source of dangerous, highly potent — illegal — fentanyl in the United States is accurate.]
Fentanyl is the synthetic opioid driving America’s public health crisis. Its cheap price, widespread use, addictive quality and deadly effect make it more dangerous than other narcotics classified by the DEA.
It is, ultimately, a chemical. And it’s being used as a weapon in China’s 21st Century Opium War against America. …
[I]f any government can control its nation’s industry, it is the one in Beijing. China already uses its authoritarian state structure to control the movement of people and ideas within its country with stunning efficiency. It even manages to do so in other jurisdictions, as when it kidnaps book publishers in Hong Kong.
But China is more passive when asked to act responsibly or confront threats to the U.S. that are otherwise perceived as serving its strategic interests.