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China contests Trump claim it is fentanyl source

China contests Trump claim it is fentanyl source
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China on Tuesday contested President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden team wants to understand Trump effort to 'hollow out government agencies' Trump's remaking of the judicial system Overnight Defense: Trump transgender ban 'inflicts concrete harms,' study says | China objects to US admiral's Taiwan visit MORE's claim that it is the source of the fentanyl has killed tens of thousands of Americans, The Associated Press reported.

Officials reportedly reiterated China's extensive efforts to control the synthetic opioid and said it should not be labeled the main origin of fentanyl to the U.S. during a briefing for the National Narcotics Control Commission.

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Trump tweeted in August that he was ordering carriers to "SEARCH FOR & REFUSE, all deliveries of Fentanyl from China (or anywhere else!)."

"President Xi said this would stop - it didn’t," the president added.

“What Trump said is completely groundless and untrue,” Liu Yuejin, China's narcotics commission’s vice commissioner, told reporters Tuesday, according to the AP.

Liu said that no fentanyl smuggling cases have been discovered between the U.S. and China since Beijing began regulating it in May. All fentanyl-related drugs are now designated a class of controlled substances in an effort to curb illegal drug trafficking.

However, law enforcement officials in Virginia said last week that drugs confiscated in a seizure of enough fentanyl to kill 14 million people had links to China. 

“The illicit fentanyl that’s coming in, the vast majority is from China and a lot of it is coming in through the mails,” G. Zachary Terwilliger, the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, said at a news conference, according to the AP.