Philippines defies China on cross border gambling

Beijing has declared war on online gambling operators targeting Chinese citizens. But Asia’s leading cross border gaming center Manila won’t surrender its lucrative position easily. For the Philippines, online gaming boosts government revenue and stimulates office space demand.

Totally globalized native New Yorker and former broadcast news producer Muhammad Cohen is a contributor to Forbes, editor at large for Inside Asian Gaming and author of Hong Kong On Air, a novel set in his adopted hometown during the 1997 handover about television news, love, betrayal, high finance, and cheap lingerie. See his bio, online archive and more at; follow him on Facebook and Twitter @MuhammadCohen.