The end of China’s Zero Covid policy and new concessions for Macau’s incumbents don’t signal the end of its problems. The once and future top global casino destination faces a Beijing regime that’s skeptical, if not downright hostile, toward gambling. Switching Macau betting to mainland China’s currency, the renminbi, might help assuage concerns over funds illegally leaving the mainland via casinos.
Former US diplomat and broadcast news producer Muhammad Cohen is Asia editor at large for iGaming Business, a longtime contributor to Forbes, columnist for Asia Times and author of Hong Kong On Air, a novel set in his adopted hometown during the 1997 handover about TV news, love, betrayal, high finance, and cheap lingerie. See his bio, archive and more at www.muhammadcohen.com; follow him on Facebook, Twitter @MuhammadCohen and LinkedIn.