- The two leaders will meet Wednesday on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) in San Francisco
- Under the terms of the deal, China will crackdown on chemical companies making the compounds used to produce fentanyl, sources revealed
- Democrat leaders have been scrambling to clean up the City by the Bay for Xi’s visit – ironically in the grips of a fentanyl crisis which China has been fueling
The two leaders will meet Wednesday on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) in San Francisco – their first meeting since November 2022 amid ratcheting global tensions.
Under the terms of the deal, China will crackdown on chemical companies making the compounds used to produce fentanyl, sources told Bloomberg.
In exchange, Biden will lift restrictions on China’s forensic police institute – which the US says is responsible for human-rights abuses.
Democrat leaders have been scrambling to clean up the City by the Bay for Xi’s visit – ironically in the grips of a fentanyl crisis which China has been fueling.
Steel barriers have been erected around the major thoroughfares and drug-addicted vagrants booted off the streets – a kindness the woke government has failed to show its own taxpayers.
It comes as Xi’s propaganda machine has been unashamedly slamming San Francisco as a ‘hell’ on Earth ahead of his visit. A recent headline from Chinese-language Phoenix TV said: ‘San Francisco declines into a “death loop” as this city of freedom and love falls from heaven to hell.’
But it is Chinese businesses that are supplying Mexican cartels with the chemicals to make the lethal synthetic opioids that are destroying American cities.
With just a day before the two leaders meet, city authorities have been hurriedly moving homeless people out of sight and cleaning up neighborhoods that have become blighted by drugs and vagrants – mainly as a result of the fentanyl on the surrounding streets.
In an effort to show the city’s best side to the leader of the second-largest economy in the world, sidewalks have been scrubbed, walls have been washed and drug addicts have been diverted away from the area – at least until Friday when the summit ends.
Biden and Xi have not spoken in the year since their last meeting at the Group of 20 summit in Indonesia last autumn.
But since their last encounter, tensions between the two nations have grown following a series of events touched off by the shooting down of a Chinese spy balloon that had drifted across the U.S. earlier this year.
It is hoped the Biden-Xi meeting will produce some concrete results, including the possible reestablishment of military communication between the two nations and a shared effort to combat illicit fentanyl trafficking.
The powerful opioid is the deadliest drug in the U.S. today with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated drug overdose deaths have increased more than seven times between 2015 and 2021.
More than 150 people die each day from overdoses related to synthetic opioids such as fentanyl.
San Francisco’s Mayor, London Breed, has blamed the effects of the drug for ruin her city and exacerbating the homeless crisis.
‘Fentanyl has really devastated our city, like no other drug we’ve ever experienced within my lifetime,’ Breed said to Bloomberg News.
Mexico and China are the primary sources for fentanyl and fentanyl-related substances trafficked directly into the US, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration, which is tasked with combating illicit drug trafficking.
Fentanyl is 50 times more powerful than heroin and 100 times more powerful than morphine.
But nearly all the chemicals needed to make fentanyl come from China, with the drugs then mass-produced in Mexico and trafficked via cartels into the U.S.
‘We’re hoping to see some progress on that issue this coming week,’ National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said on Monday.
‘That could then open the door to further cooperation on other issues where we aren’t just managing things but we’re actually delivering tangible results.’
‘China’s agreements have an unstated condition: Void if you criticize Xi and the Communist Party,’ said Derek Scissors, senior fellow at the conservative American Enterprise Institute to Bloomberg.
‘If the Biden administration isn’t pro-China in 2024, enforcement of a fentanyl deal will fade away.’
Preparations for the summit are evident around San Francisco.
The city has erected tall steel barricades downtown that snake around the streets surrounding the Moscone Center and other venues where APEC events will be held this week.
The San Francisco Police Department has beefed up patrols throughout downtown.
In the area around Union Square, where many summit dignitaries have booked up the city’s five-star hotels, locals have noted how the city’s large homeless population seems less prevalent than usual.
Newsom said that work had been done on improving safety in the crime-ridden city, where robbery is up 13.7 percent, year on year, and businesses are fleeing the empty downtown.
‘I know folks are saying, ‘Oh, they’re just cleaning up this place because all those fancy leaders are coming to town,’ said Newsom late last week.
‘That’s true, because it’s true – but it’s also true for months and months and months prior to APEC, we’ve been having conversations.’
He added: ‘By definition, you have people over to your house, you’re going to clean up the house.
‘We have 21 world leaders; tens of thousands of people coming from all around the globe.
‘What an opportunity to showcase the world’s most extraordinary place: San Francisco.’
In the city’s notoriously embattled downtown, video and photos taken over the course of the weekend and Monday show how the city suddenly went into overdrive ahead of Jiping’s anticipated visit.
Where tents were previously propped up, sidewalks are clear and spotless. Locales where homeless once congregated are now cleared, as if a yearslong crisis affecting countless never occurred.
All now immaculate, the cleaned-up streets are seen in photos and video taken from the sites Tuesday – a reality that some suspect will be pulled away one once the Chinese president packs up and leaves.
‘They started clearing the tents earlier this week and there is definitely a lot more police presence,’ SoMa resident Ricci Lee Wynne told The New Post over the weekend as the city-ordered clean-up was taking place.
‘They’ve cleared out the tents that were near the Moscone Center on Howard Street, which tells me the city had the capability to do this all along,’ the citizen added.
‘Instead, they just do the bare minimum.’