China Wants The Philippines to Ban Online Gambling

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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.

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Kingston Li // Asia Correspondent
Kingston Li
Kingston is a big fan of Baccarat and Texas Hold'em Poker and has tested his skills in tournaments around Asia and the world. He covers the latest gambling news from Asia for Casino Listings. In his spare time, Kingston enjoys hiking, video gaming, and playing disc golf.
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21 August 2019 - 5:54pm

Sounds like banning gambling in the Philippines would solve all the global problems in this world...or at least in China.