China Warns Taiwan Against Competing with Macau

Grand Lisboa and Casino Lisboa, Macau

China’s State Council Taiwan Affairs Office spokeswoman Fan Liqing said yesterday that China would not allow its citizen to gamble in Taiwan, Sina reported. The comments were made in response to a plan to expand tourism in Kinmen with the development of a casino resort.

State Council Taiwan Affairs Office Director Zhang Zhijun visited Kinmen on Sunday and stated his wish that Kinmen would not develop a gaming industry. He stressed that if plans moved forward, China would sever the “small three links,” meaning direct transport, trade and postal connections between Kinmen and Matsu counties and Chinese port cities.

While China’s economy has been slowing, the gambling mecca of Macau has suffered the most, mainly because of a corruption crackdown on the mainland that includes policies related to officials spending money on trips, banquets, and other lavish activities. Gaming revenues in the Special Administrative Region have decreased for 12 consecutive months. In the first five months of 2015, revenues have fallen 37% from the same period last year, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Of course, no press conference on cross-strait relations would be complete without China reaffirming the 1992 consensus and its One China policy.

 

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