On 12 December, a report from OCCRP said that the tiny Pacific nation of Palau is a key hotspot in the growing rivalry between China and the West.  Organised criminals with links to the Chinese Communist Party are trying to find a way in — and many in the local elite have welcomed them.  The influx of Chinese included low-paid workers who had been brought in to staff illegal online gambling operations, targeting customers back in China – connected to Chinese gangsters who in the previous years had become an increasingly menacing presence on the country’s streets.

Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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