After President Biden’s meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping, Secretary of State Antony Blinken stated that China has one of the most consequential relationships with the United States. The leaders agreed to resume direct military-to-military communications and cooperate on countering the opioid crisis. Blinken acknowledged that fentanyl, originating from China, is the leading cause of death for Americans aged 18-49. The US is working with China to crack down on companies involved in the illegal trafficking of precursor chemicals. President Biden referred to Xi as a dictator, causing discomfort among officials.