Myanmar’s Casino Cities: The Role of China and Transnational Criminal Networks

Jason Tower, Priscilla Clapp
Content Type
Special Report
United States Institute of Peace
Seeking to profit from China's lucrative but illegal gambling market, a shady web of actors has begun building resort cities in Myanmar’s Karen State to cater to Chinese gamblers. This report casts light on the actors behind Myanmar’s illegal gambling sector, their linkages to Chinese government entities and to Myanmar's armed groups and military, and how their actions could upend Myanmar’s prospects for peace.
Crime, Economics, Transnational Actors, Gambling, Peace
Political Geography
China, Asia, Southeast Asia, Myanmar