China and Cambodia renew agreement on cross border crime

China and Cambodia will continue their fight against cross-border crimes.
China and Cambodia will continue their fight against cross-border crimes.

Authorities from China and Cambodia have signed an agreement to continue working together against cross-border crimes, including illegal online gambling.

China.- China and Cambodia have renewed their existing cooperation agreement on cross border gambling. China’s Minister of Public Security and Cambodia’s Minister of Interior have agreed to continue tackling cross-border crimes, including illegal online gambling.

When the first agreement was signed, in March 2019, Cambodia banned online gambling.

Cambodia’s Minister of Interior said: “Both sides have agreed to continue promoting law enforcement cooperation to prevent transnational crimes of all kinds, especially organised crimes, online gambling, online money extortion and drug trafficking.”

A week ago, Cambodian officers arrested 15 Chinese citizens during a raid during a venue in Preah Sihanouk over allegations of cryptocurrency dealing, illegal gambling and other related crimes.

Officers said the arrests were made for illegal gambling activities, cryptocurrency gambling and scamming, phishing and cross-territory trafficking of people, among other crimes.

The China-Cambodia Law Enforcement Cooperation Office said: “Chinese police and Cambodian police are looking for a way to resolve the problem.

“It is every police officer’s responsibility to crack down on crimes of this nature which are particularly horrific. Our government has a very strict policy to crack down on such crimes. It is a key task for our police to stop this from occurring and we are cooperating with police internationally.”

China continues to expand gambling blacklist

Chinese authorities have said they have added more overseas gambling destinations to the country’s blacklist of destinations to which cross-border transfers are controlled. Despite the fact that the original list has yet to made public, the Ministry of Culture and Tourism said it would work with other government 

According to authorities, the so-called blacklist aims to “safeguard the lives and financial safety of Chinese citizens.”

The ministry said: “We will adopt measures to suspend outbound tour groups and the arrangement of tourist visas for trips to these cities and attractions abroad that are on the blacklist.”

The blacklist was established in 2020 and is compiled through work by multiple departments, including the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Public Security.

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