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China cracking down on companies luring VIPs

Casinos relying on Chinese gamblers could be hit hard after China vowed to crack down on its citizens going abroad to place bets.

Casinos around Asia are desperately trying to lure players from China as its government makes gambling in the regional hub Macau increasingly uncomfortable for big spenders.

But Hua Jingfeng, a deputy bureau chief at the Ministry of Public Security, said authorities will crack down on companies trying to tap into the Chinese market.

"Some foreign countries see our nation as an enormous market, and we have investigated a series of cases," according to a transcript on state-media websites.

"A fair number of neighbouring countries have casinos, and they have set up offices in China to attract and drum up interest from Chinese citizens to go abroad and gamble. This will also be an area that we will crack down on."

Hua said the government will also take a hardline with officials found to be protecting gambling operations.


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