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This week the Chinese Foreign Ministry stated that they want the government of the Philippines to outlaw all types of online gambling after the island nation halted the issuance of new betting licenses this week.
The statement was made by CFM Spokesperson Geng Shuang, who said that the Chinese government appreciates the anti-gambling moves taken by the Philippines and Cambodia, one of which halted online licenses and one who also clamped down on the activity. Now, the Chinese want the Philippines to outright ban all online gambling, as they feel it will help tamp down on crime between the two countries.
In a press conference, Geng noted: "We note the Philippine government's announcement and appreciate it.
"We hope the Philippines will go further and ban all online gambling. We hope it will further strengthen law enforcement with China and jointly tackle criminal activities including online gambling and cyber fraud.
"This will help create an enabling environment for our bilateral relations and peace and stability in the region."
Whether or not the Filipino government will comply is up in the air. The government is unpredictable, as President Rodrigo Duterte has repeatedly flipped between being anti-gambling and pro-gambling. Recently, Duterte called for the country's gaming regulator PAGCOR to begin issuing more licenses.