05:30 The Belt and Road has become a base for Chinese criminals to make money



Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and the foreign ministers of Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar, Cambodia, Thailand and other Southeast Asian countries held the sixth Lancang-Mekong foreign ministers' meeting in Chongqing on the 6th of this month.  (Associated Press)

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and the foreign ministers of Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar, Cambodia, Thailand and other Southeast Asian countries held the sixth Lancang-Mekong foreign ministers’ meeting in Chongqing on the 6th of this month. (Associated Press)

2021/06/25 05:30

[International News Center/Comprehensive Report]The “One Belt One Road” initiative that China is committed to promoting has become a cover for criminals to make illegal profits. Research by American think tanks found that this initiative has become a guise for the heads of Chinese criminal syndicates to make illegal profits by trafficking in prostitutes, drugs and wild animals. Retired members of the Chinese security forces have even cooperated with the underworld for mutual benefit.

CNN reported that the US think tank “Center for Advanced National Defense Research” (C4ADS) recently released a report analyzing the development and risks of the five special economic zones in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam on the lower Mekong. Without proper supervision, these special economic zones, which were originally designed to use tax incentives, streamline procedures, and reduce intervention, to attract investment, will become hotbeds for rampant corruption and crime.

The report claims that the Golden Triangle Special Economic Zone (GTSEZ) and the chairman of the GTSEZ, Zhao Wei, a Chinese casino mogul, are the most notorious. The U.S. Treasury Department accused him of using the GTSEZ to sell prostitutes and illegally trade wild animals. Regarding drugs, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) even pointed out that Zhao Wei regarded GTSEZ as his “personal domain.”

Sihanoukville, the coastal city of Cambodia, has rapidly developed into a casino city due to the influx of Chinese developers into the construction project. Recently, the Cambodian military has been in the local area and has strengthened local armaments through Beijing’s instructions, which has attracted the attention of Washington. U.S. officials have warned that the Chinese military has aggressively moved into the Yunyang naval base in Shiyanu.

The triad boss Wan Kuok Koi, nicknamed “Broken Tooth”, is the chairman of the investment company Dongmei Group, which is planning to develop Saixigang on the border between Myanmar and Thailand. In the industrial zone, this project is also one of China’s “One Belt, One Road” projects. However, the East American Group and Yin Guoju were engaged in drug trafficking, illegal gambling, human trafficking and other criminal activities. They were blacklisted by the US Department of the Treasury at the end of last year.

The report also pointed out that more and more Chinese companies engaged in high-risk investments in the Mekong River Basin in Southeast Asia are seeking protection from legal Chinese private security companies, and more and more Chinese private security personnel are stationed in Southeast Asia. However, most of the principals of these private security companies are not key gangs, but retired Chinese security forces. The report says that these private security companies can protect China’s economic interests, “and also cover organized criminals like Yin Guoju. Engaged in arms business in the country where he is stationed.”



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