President Biden greets China’s President Xi Jinping on Nov. 15 near San Francisco during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation conference. (Doug Mills/AP) When Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in San Francisco last week, his top aides delivered welcome news for U.S. officials: Beijing had already taken action against 25 Chinese companies involved in supplying chemicals used in the illicit fentanyl trade, said a White House official familiar with the matter.

The move was viewed as evidence that Beijing is serious about stepping up counternarcotics cooperation after more than a year of diplomatic efforts that met resistance from Chinese officials — who […]

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