At the invitation of the China Ministry of Public Security (MPS), Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Acting Administrator Chuck Rosenberg visited China this week to discuss issues of mutual concern and to build on the DEA’s existing relationship with Chinese counternarcotics law enforcement authorities.
Rosenberg emphasized the increased cooperation between the DEA and the MPS and recognized China’s actions toward combating global synthetic drug trafficking and illicit money laundering. He also met with drug control officials in Hong Kong and Bangkok, Thailand.
“This week’s meetings with China’s Ministry of Public Security reinforced the commitment between our agencies to address the synthetic drug crisis which affects our nation,” said Rosenberg. “These meetings underscore our improving relationship and cooperative efforts as we work to stem the flow of dangerous synthetic opioids and related chemicals. I appreciate the good work they are doing in China to help us address our opioid epidemic.”
In Beijing, Rosenberg met with Assistant Minister of Public Security Liu Yuejin, MPS Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) Director General Liang Yun, and General Administration of China Customs Anti-Smuggling Bureau (ASB) Director General Liu Xiaohui to discuss new psychoactive substances (NPSs), fentanyl-class substances, drug precursor chemicals, and antimoney laundering. Rosenberg recognized China’s sustained efforts in combating the fentanyl/NPS epidemic in the United States and affirmed that the DEA–MPS relationship is growing stronger. Rosenberg also met with U.S. Ambassador Max Baucus and Deputy Chief of Mission David Rank.
In Guangzhou, Rosenberg met with Guangdong Public Security Department Deputy Director General Guo Shaobo and NCB Director General Deng Jianwei.
The visit follows previous high-level meetings between DEA and Chinese officials, both in the United States and China. In September 2016, Rosenberg met former NCB Director General Hu Minglang at DEA Headquarters during the annual meeting of the Bilateral Drug Intelligence Working Group (BDIWG). The BDIWG discusses ways to improve and enhance U.S.–China joint drug investigations.
In August 2016, a senior-level DEA delegation traveled to China to participate in a “DEA Executive Leadership Forum.” Within the last six months, the NCB has sent delegations to meet with DEA investigators in Milwaukee, Boston, and at the Special Operations Division to coordinate and advance bilateral fentanyl and NPS investigations.
The DEA maintains an office in Beijing and hopes to expand its presence in China by opening an office in Guangzhou, adding two DEA special agents. The DEA will continue to collaborate with China on counternarcotic issues and the evolving threat from synthetic drugs.
On October 1, 2015, China took an important step in international coordination by controlling a list of 116 synthetic drugs that were widely abused in the U.S. The control in China has contributed to the decline of incidents related to the substances placed under Chinese control. China also made it possible for the MPS to control other synthetic drugs, which have no known medicinal use. When evaluating a substance for control, the new provision also allows China to consider harm to the public in countries other than China. The DEA continues to share information with Chinese officials to secure scheduling of additional fentanyl-class substances in China due to the wave of recent deaths in the United States from these synthetic opioids.
In Hong Kong, Rosenberg met with counterparts at the Hong Kong Customs and Excise Department, the Hong Kong Department of Justice, and Hong Kong Police Force, including their Narcotics Bureau. He also met with the Consul General, Deputy Consul General, and law enforcement colleagues at the U.S. Consulate in Hong Kong. Rosenberg discussed continued cooperation and intelligence sharing to combat fentanyl and NPSs from the Far East to the U.S. Officials also discussed international training on fentanyl safety handling, law enforcement techniques, and airport interdiction.
In Bangkok, Rosenberg met with Royal Thai Police Deputy Commissioner General Chaloemkiat Seeworakhan and discussed continued mutual cooperation and the International Law Enforcement Academy. He also met with Deputy Chief of Mission Peter Haymond.
Source: DEA; January 13, 2017.