Authorities tighten grip on cross-border gambling

China authorities are calling for more help from overseas law enforcement agencies to prevent Chinese citizens from gambling overseas, local media reports.

China’s Public Security Minister, Guo Shengkun, said in a meeting in Beijing recently that “work units and individuals who induce and organize tourists to visit overseas casinos” would be “seriously investigated and prosecuted”.

“The bureau should strengthen international cooperation in anti-gambling and step up overseas law enforcement cooperation and fugitive repatriation,” Guo said, quoted by state news agency Xinhua.

The comments came with the announcement of the new phase of Operation China Break, a two year operation which launched in mid-2015 focusing on cross-border gambling.

Operation Chain Break would “dig deep and strike underground banks and online payment platforms who provide capital settlement to cross-border online gambling,” said Guo.