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Chinese Officials Split Over Gambling Legislation

7 March 2005

CHINA – As reported by the China Daily: "Lawmakers and enforcers are divided over a proposed law to ban gambling.

"The division follows a motion presented to the National People's Congress (NPC) the country's top legislature, calling for a stand-alone bill to prohibit gambling activities.

"The proposal was submitted by legislator Luo Yifeng, who called for government and company chiefs to be made special targets and heavier penalties be introduced in any future crackdown.

"…But China's gambling-busters and legal experts, agreeing on harder strikes, said they preferred amending or changing judicial interpretations of current statutes to creating new anti-gambling legislation.

"…Debates on an anti-gambling strategy have caused widespread attention during the current week-long NPC session…"

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