Bei­jing backs Philip­pines’ war on drug crimes

China Daily (USA) - - CHINA - By QIN JIZE and WANG QINGYUN Con­tact the writ­ers at qin­jize@chi­nadaily.com.cn

China un­der­stands and sup­ports Philip­pine Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte’s fight against drug crimes and would like to work out a joint ac­tion plan with its Asian neigh­bor in the cam­paign, For­eign Min­istry spokesman Geng Shuang said at a news brief­ing in Bei­jing on Thurs­day.

“Il­licit drugs are the com­mon en­emy of mankind. Fight­ing against all dru­gre­lated crimes is a shared re­spon­si­bil­ity of all coun­tries,” he said.

Duterte’s war against il­le­gal drugs has been crit­i­cized by the United States and the Euro­pean Union since the Philip­pine pres­i­dent took of­fice.

Duterte will visit Bei­jing on Oct 20 and 21, ac­cord­ing to the Philip­pine Star news­pa­per, and is ex­pected to seek China’s co­op­er­a­tion in his cam­paign against il­le­gal drugs.

Chen Qinghong, a re­searcher in South­east Asian and Philip­pine stud­ies at the China In­sti­tutes of Con­tem­po­rary In­ter­na­tional Re­la­tions, said the two coun­tries have found com­mon ground for crack­ing down on drug crimes, call­ing such co­op­er­a­tion a “nat­u­ral de­vel­op­ment”.

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