The Future of Chinese Gambling: A Cultural Conclusion
In anticipating the future of gambling in Hong Kong and Macao, two self-administrative regions (SARs) in the People’s Republic of China, Chan et al. (2016) wrote: “-----We have witnessed gambling in Macao changing and evolving from a city of sin in the past to today’s city of dreams. We do look forward to seeing the transformation of Macao from a city of gambling to a metropolitan city of global tourism and leisure destination-------- An Asian icon of gaming and prosperity. And as long as commercial gambling is carried out responsibly and morally, it will, definitely, offer hopes and dreams of a better livelihood for the 640,000 residents in this small enclave in the southern part of China.” While the authors are optimistic that regulated commercial gambling can bring prosperity and hope for the people of Macao, their studies only focus on gambling in Hong Kong and Macao. What is the future of gambling in Mainland China, then? As we have outlined the historical development of gambling in China in Chap. 1, we understand that contemporary illegal gambling is a serious problem in this country with a population of 1.4 billion. How would the Chinese government tackle this legal and moral problem? How the concepts of responsible gambling are received in China? With the rapid expansion and proliferation of casino gambling across Asia, will the PRC government, a political regime built upon solid socialist principles of Marxism-Leninism, legalize commercial gambling? In other words, will casino resorts be built in China? This last chapter in our studies intends to give answers to these questions. To begin with, we will start with a discussion on the problem of illegal gambling in China.
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