US Think Tank Calls For Shutdown Of Myanmar Casino 'Cities'

  • The US Institute of Peace report calls for US intervention to block gaming operations
  • The report links the cities’ developers to organised crime in Macau and Cambodia

A study by a US Congress-funded think tank has urged Washington to disrupt ethnic Chinese-controlled, military-backed gaming hubs under development in Myanmar because of criminal connections and the threat they pose to the nation’s democratic progress.

In a special report released this month, the United States Institute of Peace said that “complex transnational networks of Chinese investors” have moved to establish three cities with “hundreds of thousands” of Chinese nationals to serve as online and land-based casino hubs in Myanmar’s Karen State.

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