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NEWS: China arrests 597 in anti-internet gambling operation

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posted on Jan, 21 2005 @ 08:45 PM
It appears that China is cracking down on internet users once again. This time China has arrested 597 people involved in an internet gambling ring. Over 500 million yuan were reportedly involved. In the US this equals about $60 million dollars.
BEIJING (AFP) - China has arrested 597 people allegedly connected with an underground online gambling network which involved funds totaling some 500 million yuan (60 million dollars), the Ministry of Public Security said.

The network was run by a Taiwan-based gambling company, which jointly organized online gambling activities in 22 provinces in China with Chinese criminal syndicates, Xinhua news agency quoted the ministry as saying.

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Personally I think that it will be difficult for China to strike at the source seeing as the company is base in Taiwan. Since Taiwan and China never seem to agree, diplomatic negotiation will probably accomplish little. I'm going to say that I'm a bit concerned about China's recent raids on internet "criminals". Although I supported there shutting down of numerous porn sites, I wonder when will it be enough. Will they have to cut internet access like Iran?

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[edit on 21-1-2005 by Banshee]

[edit on 22-1-2005 by TrickmastertricK]

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