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Singapore latest focus of China’s crackdown on offshore gambling

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China’s embassy in Singapore yesterday urged its citizens in the city-state to stay away from all forms of betting, saying gambling overseas violates Chinese laws.

The warning comes as Beijing intensifies its efforts to crackdown on its people gambling across Southeast Asia.

In a statement, the embassy “solemnly reminded” Chinese in Singapore to enhance their legal awareness and stay away from gambling. Singapore is home to two casinos, one operated by Las Vegas Sands and the other by Genting Singapore.

“Even if overseas casinos are legally opened, cross-border gambling by Chinese citizens is suspected of violating the laws of our country,” the embassy said.

China has been sending similar warnings to several countries, including South Korea and Sri Lanka.

On February 22, law enforcement agencies in China and the Philippines repatriated more than 40 Chinese nationals engaged in offshore gambling.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Public Security of China opened a reporting platform, where Chinese citizens can pass on clues and suspected illegal activity.

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