After being greeted at Beijing’s Diaoyutai guesthouse by Minister for Public Security Wang Xiaohong, Daskal underscored that “synthetic drugs are killing so many thousands of people”.
“I’ve come from Washington with a very high level delegation that represents the United States’ whole-of-government approach to tackling the global challenge posed by illicit narcotics,” she added.
“President Biden sent such a significant delegation to underscore the importance of this issue to the American people,” she said.
Wang, in turn, said the establishing of the China-US working group represented an “important common understanding” reached by the presidents last year.
“Our cooperation once again shows that the China-US relationship gains from cooperation and loses from confrontation,” he said, speaking through an interpreter.
Working-level China-US talks earlier in the day had been “in-depth” and “pragmatic”, he added.
“Our two sides agreed to follow the principles of mutual respect, managing differences and mutually beneficial cooperation as we work to carry on cooperation on counternarcotics,” he said.
Wang said he hoped future meetings would see two sides “accommodating each other’s concerns to enhance and expand cooperation to provide more positive energy for stable, sound and sustainable China-US relations”.