The New York Post: Fentanyl should be part of U.S. trade talks with China, says Chuck Schumer

Chinese-made fentanyl that is being trafficked in New York should be the main speaking point when U.S. negotiators sit down with their Chinese counterparts this week, a top lawmaker said.

Sen. Chuck Schumer said China produces over 90% of the world’s fentanyl and its government does nothing to stop Chinese drug king-pings and manufacturers from cooking it up and illegally pushing it to Americans.

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid up to 100 times stronger than heroin. Schumer said opioid overdoses in New York jumped from 2,166 in 2015 to 3,009 in 2016.

White House trade negotiators are expected to meet with Liu He, one of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s closest advisers, to iron out the straining economic trade ties between the countries.

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