Peking executes 100 in crackdown over drugs

CHINA, facing an escalating drug addiction and trafficking problem, executed aroung 100 drug criminals in the run-up to yesterday's International Anti-Drugs Day. The mass-sentencing sessions and executions, reported in the official press, took place in a number of provinces in what has become an annual ritual to demonstrate China's attempt to clamp down on the drug problem.

With the south of China increasingly being used as a conduit for hard drugs from the 'Golden Triangle' area of Burma, Thailand and Laos, Peking is under increasing pressure from the international community to improve its anti-drug policing.

At least 47 drug criminals were executed on Friday, nearly half in Kunming, the capital of Yunnan province that borders Burma and which is the drugs centre of China. On Saturday at least 46 more were executed and 13 more condemned to death in the southern Guangdong province. Two Hong Kong citizens and four Taiwanese were among those shot.

In an anti-drugs ceremony in front of a memorial to those who died during the Opium Wars in the 19th century, Guangdong authorities also held a drug-burning ceremony to destroy 38kg (84lbs) of heroin and opium and 1,400kg of marijuana.

The past week has seen a series of admissions from China about the seriousness of its drug problem. Normally the country plays down reports about drugs and rarely divulges up-to-date information. Last week Guangdong police said they had made China's largest drug haul since 1949, seizing 1,408kg of marijuana and arresting 15 suspected smugglers.

In the first three months of this year, according to figures released last week, Chinese officials seized 1,000kg of heroin and cracked down on nearly 5,000 drug offences. The Vice-Minister of Public Security, Bai Jingfu, said that drug crimes, including trafficking, 'were effectively curbed in the country', something that international experts say is untrue.

A more realistic assessment was given by Zhuo Feng, Deputy Secretary-General of the National Narcotics Control Commision, who said close co-operation by police and customs in China with the international community was needed to fight the drug war.

The number of addicts in China is also rising sharply. China has 250,000 registered drug users, compared to 70,000 in 1988, the Guangming Daily said recently. Western experts believe the number could be much higher.

Suggested Topics
peopleFrankie Boyle responds to referendum result in characteristically offensive style
Lewis Hamilton will start the Singapore Grand Prix from pole, with Nico Rosberg second and Daniel Ricciardo third
F1... for floodlit Singapore Grand Prix
Arts and Entertainment
'New Tricks' star Dennis Waterman is departing from the show after he completes filming on two more episodes
tvHe is only remaining member of original cast
Arts and Entertainment
tvHighs and lows of the cast's careers since 2004
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
ebooksAn unforgettable anthology of contemporary reportage
Fans hold up a scarf at West Ham vs Liverpool
footballAfter Arsenal's clear victory, focus turns to West Ham vs Liverpool
New Articles
i100... she's just started school
New Articles
Life and Style
Couples have been having sex less in 2014, according to a new survey
Arts and Entertainment
musicBiographer Hunter Davies has collected nearly a hundred original manuscripts
New Articles
i100... despite rising prices
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Cover Supervisor

£75 - £90 per day + negotiable: Randstad Education Group: Are you a cover supe...

Marketing Manager - Leicestershire - £35,000

£30000 - £35000 per annum: Ashdown Group: Marketing Manager (CIM, B2B, MS Offi...

Marketing Executive (B2B and B2C) - Rugby, Warwickshire

£22000 - £25000 per annum: Ashdown Group: A highly successful organisation wit...

SEN Coordinator + Teacher (SENCO)

£1 per day: Randstad Education Leeds: Job Purpose To work closely with the he...

Day In a Page

Scottish referendum: The Yes vote was the love that dared speak its name, but it was not to be

Despite the result, this is the end of the status quo

Boyd Tonkin on the fall-out from the Scottish referendum
Manolo Blahnik: The high priest of heels talks flats, Englishness, and why he loves Mary Beard

Manolo Blahnik: Flats, Englishness, and Mary Beard

The shoe designer who has been dubbed 'the patron saint of the stiletto'
The Beatles biographer reveals exclusive original manuscripts of some of the best pop songs ever written

Scrambled eggs and LSD

Behind The Beatles' lyrics - thanks to Hunter Davis's original manuscript copies
'Normcore' fashion: Blending in is the new standing out in latest catwalk non-trend

'Normcore': Blending in is the new standing out

Just when fashion was in grave danger of running out of trends, it only went and invented the non-trend. Rebecca Gonsalves investigates
Dance’s new leading ladies fight back: How female vocalists are now writing their own hits

New leading ladies of dance fight back

How female vocalists are now writing their own hits
Mystery of the Ground Zero wedding photo

A shot in the dark

Mystery of the wedding photo from Ground Zero
His life, the universe and everything

His life, the universe and everything

New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
Save us from small screen superheroes

Save us from small screen superheroes

Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
Reach for the skies

Reach for the skies

From pools to football pitches, rooftop living is looking up
These are the 12 best hotel spas in the UK

12 best hotel spas in the UK

Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Shoppers don't come to Topshop for the unique
How to make a Lego masterpiece

How to make a Lego masterpiece

Toy breaks out of the nursery and heads for the gallery
Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Urbanites are cursed with an acronym pointing to Employed but No Disposable Income or Savings
Paisley’s decision to make peace with IRA enemies might remind the Arabs of Sadat

Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam