The Chinese government is fulfilling its promise to President Donald Trump by an announcement of banning all types of fentanyl-related substances. 

Liu Yuejin, vice commissioner of China’s National Narcotics Control Commission, stated at a press conference on Monday, April 1, that the regulations would take effect May 1, according to Breitbart.

“We firmly believe that listing the entire class of fentanyl substances will completely block the loopholes that enable lawbreakers to evade punishment by simply modifying one or several atoms, functional groups, or other groups,” Liu said. “It will effectively prevent the massive abuse of fentanyl substances and illegal drug trafficking and smuggling activities.”

The Chinese clamp down on opioid related substances can be seen as a victory to President Trump, CNN reported. Its article states: “The new laws are likely to be interpreted as win for U.S. President Donald Trump, who has taken a strong stance against fentanyl and was full of praise for China in December 2018 when President Xi Jinping first agreed to the move.”

China’s announcement on Monday comes as trade talks between the Trump administration and Beijing are ongoing, which are expected to bring better deals and benefits to Americans.

“China’s harder line on fentanyl marks progress on a priority issue for the Trump administration and is likely to brighten the atmosphere for trade talks that continue this week with a high-level round of negotiations in Washington,” Wall Street Journal reported.

Beijing first agreed to control all variations of fentanyl during trade talks between President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Argentina at the end of 2018.

President Trump tweeted a few days after Xi promised: “This could be a game changer on what is considered to be the worst and most dangerous, addictive and deadly substance of them all.” 

In various speeches and tweets, President Trump blamed China for causing the rising opioid epidemic in the United States. In August last year, the president tweeted that fentanyl was “pouring into the U.S. Postal System from China” and “We can, and must, end this now!”

“In 2018 alone, 20,000 illegal aliens with criminal records were apprehended trying to cross the border, and there was a 122 percent increase in fentanyl being smuggled between ports of entry. Last month alone, more than 20,000 minors were smuggled into the U.S.” President Trump quoted Sean Hannity of Fox News in another tweet on Jan 17, 2019.

Fighting the deadly opioid epidemic is a key agenda of President Trump. 

“The supply of these deadly drugs comes from places outside the United States—Mexico, China, other countries. Drugs are entering our country across our borders and even through our own postal system,” the president said on Jan 10, 2018 when he signed H.R. 2142, directing “the Department of Homeland Security to provide additional tools and resources to detect and intercept the supply of illicit fentanyl.”

He continued: “This law will provide our customers and our customs—what we want is Customs and border protection. We have to have Customs and border protection, which is desperately needed. And we have the resources to detect and interdict these dangerous drugs.”

President Trump’s tough strategies with China will bring benefits to Americans and the world, experts said.

“For instance, China is hurriedly pushing through a new law ending the practice of forced technology transfers and violations of foreign companies’ intellectual property rights—something the U.S. has made a key priority in the current trade talks,” Dr. Gina Loudon, Ph.D., wrote on Washington Examiner.

“China’s aggressive rise should certainly be a matter of concern to every country seeking to preserve its sovereignty and ensure its economic survival,” former Sen. Jim Talent from Missouri wrote on Fox News. “We’re fortunate that President Trump has galvanized American efforts to protect our own economy and the interest of the whole world in a free and fair trading system.”