Chinese officials have called for an intensification of counter-narcotic efforts, after months of strengthening the country’s international drug control ties with neighbouring nations.

Guo Shengkun, Minister of Public Security and head of the National Narcotics Control Commission (NNCC), said on March 23 that an intensified crackdown would reduce drug use. In order to do this, he said, counter-narcotic policy should target people who produce and traffic drugs, and "[control] drug user groups", state broadcaster CCTV reports.

In October 2016, President Xi Jinping met with Rodrigo Duterte, the President of the Philippines who is responsible for the mass slaughter of people allegedly involved with drugs. The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs reported that Jinping's government would "[support] the new Philippine government's efforts in drug control", among other security issues.

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