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China's border casinos shut down

17 April 2007

CHINA – As reported by the BBC News: "More than 100 casinos along China's borders have been forced to close thanks to a major crackdown on their operations, Chinese state media says.

"Intensive police work and co-operation with neighbouring countries have seen border casinos fall from 149 in 2005 to 28 now, the China Daily paper reports.

"Officials said they feared the casinos were being used to embezzle government funds or illegal business earnings.

"Gambling in mainland China is illegal, but is a way of life for many Chinese.

"…Experts fear that many casinos have gone underground but will resurface later once the crackdown eases, the paper adds…"

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