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September 18, 2020

A nationwide anti-corruption purge launched by Chinese President Xi Jinping

China announces campaign to fight back against illegal online gaming

(China).- China’s national police authority has announced a new nationwide campaign against illegal online gambling amid a far-reaching corruption crackdown, and as the trial of a major online gaming syndicate draws to a close.“The focus must be on striking hard against those who set up gambling websites and those leading figures and key members who serve as top-level gambling website agents,” a Public Security Bureau statement said.

The crackdown must promptly sever access to gambling websites, servers, technical support and payment services”, continued the statement, which was carried by state-run media. “All regions must strengthen investigation and prosecution work, and persist in tackling cases that are large in scale or otherwise substantive and extend beyond the nation’s borders,” it added.

The statement instructed all local police jurisdictions and government departments to closely coordinate and cooperate in their operations. The campaign was announced as a nationwide anti-corruption purge launched by Chinese President Xi Jinping claimed another two senior officials allied to former national security chief Zhou Yongkang at the weekend, according to state-run and Hong Kong media reports.

Intense interest in the political fallout of the purge revolves around the downfall of Zhou, a former member of the Central Standing Committee of the Communist Party now under house arrest. But the wider crackdown has included the arrests of senior officials throughout the party-state apparatus, including for gambling offences.

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