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The Chinese Heroin TradeCross-Border Drug Trafficking in Southeast Asia and Beyond$
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Ko-lin Chin and Sheldon X. Zhang

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781479895403

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479895403.001.0001

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Combating Drug Trafficking

Combating Drug Trafficking

(p.220) 9 Combating Drug Trafficking
The Chinese Heroin Trade

Ko-lin Chin

NYU Press

This chapter discusses how authorities in China are combating the drug trade. It focuses on measures adopted by the Chinese authorities, especially community mobilization, harsh punishment, and the professionalization of the drug enforcement police force. It also examines how Chinese officials are working with authorities from the United States, Burma, and Hong Kong to stem the flow of drugs across international borders. It finds that despite meager budgets and poor equipment, Chinese law enforcement agencies have been striving to gain an upper hand in their war against drugs. China’s struggle against illicit drugs will remain an uphill battle in the foreseeable future, considering the country’s growing wealth and urbanization, and adding to the mix poor neighboring countries with a long history of opium cultivation and a weak government. China will have few choices but to increase its investment in building drug enforcement infrastructure and training its police forces.

Keywords:   drug trade, drug trafficking, drug enforcement police, China, community mobilization, punishment

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