‘Tough love’: China’s President Xi Jinping is expected to deliver his speech on China’s drug policy in the coming weeks
Posted On August 7, 2021
Beijing — China’s President is expected on Monday to deliver a speech that will detail a tough-love approach to the nation’s drug problem.
His speech is expected in the form of a long speech to a national security meeting in the capital of Guangzhou.
The president will also say the country’s drugs policy has reached the pinnacle of its development and should be implemented.
Xi’s remarks are expected to call for an increase in government spending on research and development, drug treatment, education, prevention and treatment, rehabilitation and education.
China has one of the world’s highest drug use rates.
Drug use has risen significantly over the past decade, and has more than tripled since Xi took power in 2012.
In 2017, China reported the largest annual increase in drug-related deaths in the world.
More than 200 people died of drug overdoses in 2017, according to the World Health Organization.
Many Chinese say their country’s drug problems are not a problem of the past, but a result of the countrys “soft” and “hard” power.
But some worry that a soft-power approach that emphasizes economic growth could lead to the loss of a nation’s sovereignty.