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China Touts Fentanyl Convictions, Tackling Key Trade Talks Issue

  • Nine sentenced altogether; one to death with two year reprieve
  • U.S. sees fentanyl flow from China as issue in trade talks
The Xingtai Intermediate Peoples court, where fentanyl traffickers are convicted, Nov. 7.
The Xingtai Intermediate Peoples court, where fentanyl traffickers are convicted, Nov. 7.Photographer: Erika Kinetz/AP Photo
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China sentenced three nationals to maximum punishments for smuggling fentanyl to the U.S., in one of its highest-profile moves yet against the illicit flow of opioids that President Donald Trump has made a bone of contention in broader trade talks between Washington and Beijing.