China Attempts to Stamp Out Internet Gambling

Published Monday, March 01, 2010 -

China is a massive country with a huge population that is rapidly becoming prosperous and sophisticated. With all the new wealth being made in China the population wants desperately to be free of political influences on their lives. Unfortunately for some the gap between the rich and the poor seems to be getting wider by the day. The Chinese government officials decided recently that they would make China a better place if they could stop people from gambling on the internet. Chinese law forbids online gambling that is allegedly moving massive amounts of money out of the country.

Investigations by various police forces in China have revealed that almost all of the big international gambling operations have websites offering Chinese translations that effectively targets Chinese gamblers, and some have gone so far as to send their agents into China, to recruit new business. Officials in the country have announced that their efforts to crack down on online gambling are yielding results already with police breaking two hundred and ten online gambling cases and have arrested 918 suspects. Eight ruling Party departments, government ministries and financial regulatory bodies are part of the seven month push to stamp out online gambling. The government of China's cyber security bureau has warned that more arrests are coming with the intent of making online gambling a thing of the past. This is a really tall order for the police when one looks at the large number of gambling site available to the public via the internet. Vice director in the Ministry of Public Security, Gu Jian, indicated the government will increase the pressure on what he referred to as illegal Internet gambling entities from offshore locations. The Xinghua news agency reported that online gambling is present in all of the territories, municipalities and autonomous regions to "varying degrees." Jian pointed out that the Pearl and Yangtze river delta area which is China's industrial heartland plus the border areas of the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region and Yunnan Province were areas of concern for the investigators.

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