US, Chinese officials discuss law enforcement issues including fentanyl

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senior U.S. and Chinese officials, in a virtual meeting on Wednesday, discussed cooperating on law enforcement issues including the illicit flow of synthetic drugs such as fentanyl, the U.S. Department Of Homeland Security said.

U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and Chinese Minister of Public Security Wang Xiaohong participated in the meeting, along with other senior officials, the department said in a statement.

“Mayorkas stressed the importance of using the momentum from President (Joe) Biden’s November meeting with PRC (China) President Xi Jinping to enhance counternarcotics collaboration,” the department said.

(Reporting by Kanishka Singh in Washington; Writing by Ismail Shakil)