Gambling is strictly prohibited in mainland China. This legal directive covers both offline and online gambling. Engaging in gambling activities is punishable by imprisonment or fines. The penalty applies to both operators and patrons. The government has tried to discourage online gambling using the Great Firewall of China.
All the measures taken by the Chinese government have not been fool-proof as there are is still a lot of illegal online gambling going on in the nation. The citizens seem not to be paying attention to the latest decrees aimed at 'protecting the people from themselves.' This, however, is likely to change very soon.
The Crackdown on Online Gambling in China
Reports show that law enforcement authorities in China are stepping up efforts with the intention of combating the widespread illegal online gambling across borders. The crackdown on gambling-related activities also covers online payment platforms and underground banks that allow aficionados to facilitate the games.
The revelation of the plan to deal with illegal gambling was an official statement released by the embassy of China in the Philippines. A pledge was included in the report, which stated that the authorities would also deal with the companies and domestic networks providing technical support to those who gamble illegally.
Online gambling is not allowed across China. The Macau enclave remains the only destination for players to meet and enjoy land-based casino action. However, there has been a good number of gaming operators, who have fine-tuned their services to cater to Chinese clientele, cropping up in the neighboring nations.
To address that problem, the Chinese government made a statement that revealed its position on crucial cross-border gambling crackdown to the nation. The government also confirmed that operations that are more special would be carried with the focus being on cracking the major cases and destroying the vast networks of criminal organizations.
China is explicitly pointing a finger at Manila, saying that it hosts a vast number of the online casinos that target China. This is affecting the interests of China and undermining their financial supervision and security. The government is asking the smaller nation to be a part of or support the crackdown efforts initiated.
Telecommunication or online frauds and gambling crimes are closely related. The result of such is victims losing vast sums of money. This is a major concern for the Chinese government, hence the reason why it is trying everything possible to protect its citizens from being lured into illegal gambling activities.