China ‘fully understands’ Duterte’s drive vs drugs

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CHINA on Tuesday said it “fully understands” the Philippines’ intensified effort to crack down on narcotics in the country.

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The Chinese Embassy in Manila made the statement after President Rodrigo Duterte raised grievances with Beijing over the alleged involvement of some Chinese visitors in illegal drugs.

The embassy said the Chinese government “has been firm and severe in drug control and in punishing all drug criminals in accordance with laws regardless of their nationalities,” adding that it is willing to cooperate with the crime-crushing President’s campaign.

“China fully understands that the Philippine government under the leadership of President Rodrigo Duterte has taken it as a top priority in cracking down on drug-related crimes,” the statement read.

“China has expressed explicitly to the new administration China’s willingness for effective cooperation in this regard, and would like to work out a specific plan of action with the Philippine side,” it said.

The embassy noted that China is also carrying out effective international cooperation with many other countries on the matter.

“Illicit drugs are common enemy of the mankind. Fighting against all drug-related crimes is shared responsibility of all countries in the world,” it said.

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