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Chinese ‘Underground Bankers’ Launder Sinaloa Drug Money: U.S.

The U.S. Justice Department on Tuesday accused Chinese "underground bankers" of helping Mexico's Sinaloa Cartel launder more than $50 million in drug trafficking proceeds. An indictment unsealed in California charged 24 defendants with conspiracy to distribute cocaine and methamphetamine and money ...

Fentanyl, Trade and Relief Supplies Top Mexican Foreign Secretary’s First Official Visit to China

Mexico's Foreign Secretary Alicia Bárcena Ibarra met with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Tuesday in Beijing, her first official visit to the Chinese capital. The trip was framed as a follow-up from last month's meeting between their two presidents, Andrés ...

Why There’s Good Reason to be Skeptical About Mexican, Chinese Promises to Curtail Fentanyl Flows Into U.S.

U.S. President Joe Biden called on the Presidents of Mexico and China to help stem the importation of the synthetic drug fentanyl that has killed tens of thousands in the U.S. over the past several years. The issue was also raised ...

Mexico and China In Talks to Curb Fentanyl Trade

Mexico and China are reportedly discussing how to control the flow of ingredients used to make fentanyl. The deadly opioid is about fifty times stronger than heroin and causes numerous overdoses in the United States per year. Despite Mexico and China denying ...

Ministry of Commerce Blasts U.S. For Sanctions Against Chinese Companies Allegedly Involved in the Mexican Fentanyl Trade

China's powerful Ministry of Commerce denounced the United States for sanctioning 17 Chinese and Mexican companies and individuals last week for their alleged involvement in the fentanyl trade. The Ministry said on Tuesday the U.S. "disregarded facts " and accused Washington ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Philippine President Ramps Up Rhetoric as Local Attitudes Harden

The President of the Philippines, Ferdinand Marcos Jr., told soldiers to be ready for any conflict amid a potential overlap of his country’s tensions with China in the South China Sea and growing tensions between China and Taiwan.
Speaking to troops at a base in the northern Isabela province on Monday, Marcos said: “The external threat now has become more pronounced, has become more worrisome, and that is why we have to ...

Mexican President Says He Has Proof of Fentanyl Smuggling From China

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said Friday that he has proof that fentanyl is being smuggled into his country from China, contrary to Beijing’s denials. “We have the evidence. A cargo arrived from a port in China, a container, at ...