China condemns U.S. sanctions on Chinese painkiller firms

Beijing has hit out at the U.S.' decision to impose sanctions on Chinese painkiller manufacturers. 

"I must point out that China already added all kinds of fentanyl-related substances to our control list, but the U.S. continues to this day not take lasting measures," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said at a regular press conference on Wednesday.

Washington is trying to curb an addiction epidemic that killed a record 100,000 Americans last year. The U.S. claims China remains a major source of synthetic drugs. But Beijing says it has taken measures.

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