September 25, 2017, 1:25 am
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The war on drugs

CHINA and the United States rarely agree on world issues, but this time they are on the same side in the War on Drugs.

It may surprise many observers of Sino-American relations to read this, but Beijing and Washington have mutual interests in pursuing that war, according to a report in The Diplomat.

China has a growing drug problem, despite its draconian drug laws, the report noted, and this gives China a compelling interest in collaborating with any country to combat drugs.

The history of China and other countries cooperation on and conflict over drugs began with the Opium Wars in the 1800s when the British Empire pushed China to accept the illegal drug trade.

The problems that Britain started continue today, the report went on. The Chinese government has established over 500 counter-narcotics guidelines and laws, more than any country in the world, including the United States which is facing an epidemic in illegal drugs. 

While it is true that historically the working relationship between the US and China in general has been strained, the report noted, but on narcotics trafficking, there have been fairly quiet and contractive engagements.

China’s efforts to curb its own drug epidemic also help the U.S, and of other countries impede the movement of illegal drugs coming from that country. .It is aggressively trying to control the production movement of illegal drugs and is working closely the production of illegal drugs and is working closely with the U.S. in the sharing of information. 

If China and the United States can make common cause in the War on Drugs, counter-terrorism and non-proliferation may become the next steps in a rocky but valuable relationship spanning not only the Pacific Ocean but also the international community.

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Here in the Philippines, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has been combating the drug menace. 

He started it early in his term last year. He had promised to put an end to drug trafficking in 100 days, but he and the military and police forces continue to do it up to this day.

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By the way, the Office of the President of the Philippines is the most trusted among government agencies, according to the latest national survey by the Philippine Trust Index (PTI).

Overall trust with the OPP rose by 30 percentage points with the OPP chalking up 82 percent,, while the Legislative branch is the least trusted in government. 

The 5th PTI .survey was culled from the responses of 1,200 Filipinos aged I8 and above coming from urban and rural areas in the NCR, Northern Luzon, Southern Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.. 

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Quote of the Day: “War makes fright, fright makes alliances, alliances make war.” – Anon.
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