Macau, the former Portuguese colony returned to Chinese rule fifteen years ago and this week the Chinese leader Xi Jiping arrived in Macau to commemorate this event. Over the years Macau has become the world’s gambling capital taking over from Las Vegas. Income from gambling in Macau’s casinos was at one time seven times that of the casinos in Las Vegas. Macau is the only Chinese territory where casinos are legal and this has meant it attracted vast numbers of players from mainland China. However, for the past two years this influx of Chinese gamblers has been adversely affected by a campaign against corruption being carried in China. The person behind this anti-corruption drive is Xi Jinping so most of Macau’s casino operators are not expecting to hear good news from him during his visit this week.
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