Cambodia and China pledge to crack down on online gambling
Cambodia and China agreed to strengthen cooperation, including efforts to crack down on online gambling and telecommunications scams. The agreement was reached during Chinese Premier Li Keqiang’s visit to Cambodia last week, according to a joint statement.
Prime Minister Li (pictured), who was in Cambodia to attend the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit, met with the country’s Prime Minister Hun Sen as the two nations seek to strengthen security ties.
“Law enforcement cooperation should be strengthened with strong focus on combating human trafficking, online gambling, telecommunications fraud and related heinous crimes, facilitated by cooperation closer in capacity building and information exchange,” according to the joint statement.
In addition to fighting cybercrime, the two sides also pledged to promote cooperation on infrastructure projects, trade, tourism and increase direct flights.
The Cambodian authorities have intensified efforts to crack down on all types of illegal gambling – including online gambling – in the country.
The country has a large licensed casino industry. A total of 87 out of a total of 171 casino license applications gave rise to a renewal as of October 10, said Ros Phirun, secretary general of Cambodia’s Commercial Gaming Management Commission, in recent comments to GGRAsia
The China-Cambodia announcement comes a week after China signed a similar deal with Vietnam. Earlier this month, Vietnam and China agreed to promote bilateral cooperation against “cross-border gambling”, among a number of law enforcement topics.
This latest announcement was seen as a way for Vietnam to stimulate general tourism from neighboring China when the latter country eases pandemic-related constraints on overseas outbound travel, industry analysts told GGRAsia recently.