Forget tariffs. Forget all the computers, toys and textiles that the Chinese export to America. China’s most consequential export here is fentanyl, the illicit drug killing people in this country at the rate of nearly 80 a day.
Fentanyl use in the USA has surged, pushing its death toll last year to 28,466 — nine times higher than in 2013 and a rise so steep that it has helped drive down the nation’s life expectancy.
And where is this illicit fentanyl originating? About 80 percent of the pure fentanyl seized by U.S. authorities last fiscal year arrived from China, often through the mail.
Since the recent summit in Argentina of the Group of 20 industrial and emerging-market nations, President Donald Trump has boasted on Twitter that Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed to “criminalize the sale of deadly fentanyl” coming into the United States, a potential “game changer” in the battle against this mass killer.