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Documents reveal Chinese crime influence over Macau’s casinos [Las Vegas Review Journal]

Wikileaks: Organized crime influences Macau’s casino industry. Macau, the only place in China where gaming is legal faces scrunity over regulators as “provincial officials in the Mainland increasingly provide sweetheart deals to junket operators … in exchange for bank deposits or cash sums paid to officials upon arrival in Macau.”

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Documents reveal Chinese crime influence over Macau’s casinos
by Howard Stutz
Source – Las Vegas Review Journal, published September 10, 2011

U.S. government officials admitted privately in October 2008 that Chinese organized crime was influencing certain aspects of Macau’s casino industry, according to confidential cables obtained by the whistle-blower group Wikileaks.

Nearly 600 private communications between the U.S. Consulate in Hong Kong and the State Department concerning Macau, going as far back as 2006, were collected and released by the group.

The documents criticized the Macau government and its officials, including the former chief executive of the Special Administrative Region, and detailed a lack of oversight of the Macau casino industry by the enclave’s regulators. Read the rest of this entry »

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Filed under: 52 Unacceptable Practices, Beijing Consensus, Chinese Model, Corruption, Culture, Domestic Growth, Economics, Gambling, Influence, Lifestyle, Macau, Social, Tourism

Wandering China Day 2: Macau

Macau, along with Hong Kong is one of two Special Administrative Regions of the PRC. An hour’s ferry ride away from Hong Kong, the dominance of the Portuguese over Macau is as apparent as the dominion of the British over Hong Kong, from the apparent like architecture (there were more casas than Victoria buildings) and signages, to the not so obvious like eating habits – the Portuguese egg tart.

Macau proved to be the first (starting from the 16th century – 1557) and last European colony (ceded back in 1999) in China. In the past, the port city was part of the Silk Road with ships loading here with silk for Rome. I had no idea from before the silk road extended this far down south.

Fishermen from Fujian and farmers from Guangdong were the first known settlers in Macau and Cantonese seemed the present day lingua fanca. The Chineseness of Macau was apparent in its visual composition and most I observed were able to switch comfortably between Cantonese and Mandarin (I believe it necessary to handle their mainland Chinese visitors). To a much lesser extent Macanese / Macau Creole is the language of the small population of Eurasians. Read the rest of this entry »

Filed under: Back to China, Bob's Opinion, History, Macau

President Hu: Great motherland always a strong backing for HK, Macao

One country, two systems comes to the fore again.

Quotable Quotes – “The central government will remain firmly committed to the principles of “one country, two systems”, “Hong Kong people governing Hong Kong”, “Macao people governing Macao” with a high degree of autonomy.

President Hu: Great motherland always a strong backing for HK, Macao
China View
Source – Xinhua News Agency, 20 December 2009

MACAO, Dec. 20 (Xinhua) — Chinese President Hu Jintao said here Sunday that the cause of “one country, two systems” is an important part of the rejuvenation of the Chinese nation, stressing that “the great motherland is always a strong back-up force for the prosperity and stability in Hong Kong and Macao.”

Hu, also general secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and chairman of the Central Military Commission, made the remarks when delivering an important speech at the celebration gathering marking the 10th anniversary of Macao’s return to the motherland.

The advance of the great cause of “one country, two systems” calls for the joint efforts of the central government, the governments of the Hong Kong SAR and Macao SAR as well as people of all circles, the president noted.

The central government will remain firmly committed to the principles of “one country, two systems”, “Hong Kong people governing Hong Kong”, “Macao people governing Macao” with a high degree of autonomy.

The central government will continue to act in strict accordance with the basic laws of the Hong Kong SAR and Macao SAR and give full support to the chief executives and governments of the Hong Kong SAR and Macao SAR in their governance according to law, he said.

The president pledged that all policies adopted by the central government on Hong Kong and Macao always adhere to the principles of benefiting the long-term prosperity and stability of Hong Kong and Macao, the improvement of the livelihood of all residents in Hong Kong and Macao as well as benefiting the common development of Hong Kong, Macao and the country.

Before his speech, the president administered the swearing-in ceremony of the Macao SAR Chief Executive Fernando Chui Sai On, principal officials of the SAR government and members of the Executive Council.

The return of Macao to the motherland fulfilled the common aspiration of the people of all ethnic groups of the nation, including the Macao compatriots, said Hu.

The event opens a new chapter in the history of Macao and is an important milestone in the development of the Chinese nation, he noted.

Hu said that the past decade after Macao’s return to the motherland witnessed the successful practice of “one country, two systems” in Macao, the smooth implementation of the Basic Law of the Macao SAR and the constant progress made by Macao people of all circles in pursuing a development road that conforms to Macao’s realities.

“Important inspiration can be obtained by reviewing the uncommon process of the past decade since Macao’s return to the motherland,” said Hu.

First of all, it is imperative to have a full and correct understanding and implementation of the “one country, two systems” principle, he said, noting that the key is to realize the most extensive unity under the banner of loving the motherland and loving Macao.

Hu noted that “one country, two systems” is a complete concept, with “one country” closely linked with ” two system.”

On the one hand, the existing social and economic system and the way of life in Macao must be maintained, and on the other hand, the sovereignty, territorial integrity and security of the country must be safeguarded, and meanwhile, the socialist system practice in the main body of the country must be respected, the president noted.

Hu said that it is imperative to safeguard the high degree of autonomy enjoyed by the Macao SAR and fully protect the master status of the Macao compatriots, but it is also imperative to respect the power endowed upon the central government by laws, and to firmly oppose any external forces in their interference in Macao’s affairs.

Early this year, the legislation of Article 23 of the Basic Law of the Macao SAR passed smoothly, a move Hu said fully reflects the strong sense of responsibility of the Government, Legislative Assembly and people of all circles of the Macao SAR to safeguard national security and interests.

“The move also provides a strong guarantee for Macao’s long-term stability,” said the president.

“As long as the compatriots of Macao unite under the banner of loving the motherland and loving Macao, they will be able to lay a solid political foundation for Macao’s long-term prosperity and stability,” said Hu.

The president said that it is also imperative to act in strict accordance with the Basic Law of the Macao SAR, to focus on development, to maintain social harmony and stability and to cultivate talents.

The compatriots of Macao are not only master of the Macao SAR but also the country, said Hu.

Since its return to the motherland, Macao has obtained endless power of development and increasingly more opportunities of development from the fast development of the mainland, and shared the dignity and glory of the great motherland on the international arena, said Hu.

The president said that people of all ethnic groups of the country will not forget the important contribution made by the compatriots of Macao to the country’s reform and opening-up, socialist modernization drive and the great cause of reunification of the motherland in a peaceful manner.

“We firmly believe that like the great motherland, Macao will enjoy a better tomorrow,” said Hu.

Filed under: Macau, Politics, xinhua

President Hu issues order to commend PLA troops in Macao

One country, two systems! It has been a while since I have been reminded of that. Not too shabby a stratagem to glean the best. Macau and Hong Kong have been key examples of how the Communists have been able to assimilate capitalist economic and political systems into their rule (another example would be the Special Economic Zones – SEZ). This order comes shortly after ‘President Hu hails Macao’s achievement over past decade

Quotable Quotes – “The troops were praised for upholding the theoretic system of socialism with Chinese characteristics and the leadership of the Communist Party of China (CPC), strengthening military training, abiding by laws and regulations, serving the people and protecting their legitimate interests…

President Hu issues order to commend PLA troops in Macao
China View
Source – Xinhua News Agency, 16 December 2009

BEIJING, Dec. 16 (Xinhua) — Chinese President and chairman of the Central Military Commission Hu Jintao has issued an order to commend the People’s Liberation Army troops stationed in the Macao Special Administrative Region (SAR).

The troops were praised for upholding the theoretic system of socialism with Chinese characteristics and the leadership of the Communist Party of China (CPC), strengthening military training, abiding by laws and regulations, serving the people and protecting their legitimate interests, according to the order.

The order also stressed that the PLA troops stationed in Macao were a symbol of the Chinese government’s exercise of sovereignty in the SAR, and were crucial to safeguarding national security, state sovereignty and territorial integrity, and to the long-term prosperity of Macao.

It urged all PLA members and the armed police to learn from the troops in Macao in order to push forward the modernization of China’s national defense and the army.

Previously, Hu had issued another order to commend a PLA company stationed in Macao for its adherence to the “one country, two systems” principle and outstanding performance in coping with complicated situations and fulfilling defense missions.

Filed under: Macau, military, xinhua

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