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China's foreign casino ban risks snake eyes for Vietnam and rivals

Macao stands to lure high rollers from destinations like Philippines and Singapore

A casino dealer collects chips at a roulette table in Manila. Chinese account for a fifth of foreign visitors to the Philippines.   © Reuters

HONG KONG/SINGAPORE/HANOI -- China's new restrictions against cross-border casino trips threaten to deal a blow to Asian economies that depend on Chinese tourist spending, but will give a leg-up to the reopened gambling hub of Macao.

China's Ministry of Culture and Tourism said on Aug. 26 it will create a blacklist of overseas gambling destinations. The announcement did not specify the banned locations, but it did mention cities that are "disrupting China's outbound travel market and endangering Chinese citizens' lives and property."

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