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NEWS - U.S., China Team up in Drug
- Subject: NEWS - U.S., China Team up in Drug
- From: Rangoonp@xxxxxxx
- Date: Mon, 02 Nov 1998 21:49:00
Subject: NEWS - U.S., China Team up in Drug War Report
U.S., China Team up in Drug War Report
WASHINGTON, Oct 30 (Reuters) - The United States and
China have established a secret electronic surveillance post
along China's border with Burma to eavesdrop on narcotics
trafficking from the Golden Triangle, one of the world's
biggest sources of heroin, the Washington Post reported on
Quoting U.S. and Chinese sources, the newspaper said the
Clinton administration has also given China several dozen
Jeep-like Humvee vehicles for narcotics interdiction in
mountainous terrain along the Burmese border.
In addition, Chinese sources said, the United States has
established a secret fund that Chinese officials can access
to run the surveillance centre and fight drug trafficking.
The listening post, staffed by Chinese and U.S. agents near
the Chinese border town of Ruili in southern Yunnan
Province, marks a significant step forward in a U.S.
intelligence-sharing relationship with China dating back to
1971, the Post said.
The newspaper said the post opened in 1995 and the
arrangement was unaffected by subsequent bickering
between Washington and Beijing over Taiwan and other
Intelligence cooperation is insulated from what one Chinese
source called "short-term" troubles in the relationship.
The Ruili listening post is the most advanced of a host of
new initiatives that U.S. intelligence and law enforcement
agencies are launching with China to battle international
crime, the newspaper said.
According to the report, a liaison group for law enforcement
agreed last month to draw up a list of U.S. and Chinese
criminal suspects who are believed to be operating in each
The group also is to arrange the exchange of law
enforcement personnel and an agreement to share evidence
and harmonise judicial procedures.