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Foreign employees from Crown Resorts sentenced to prison – China’s latest business and technology news

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The New York Times reports that on June 26, three foreign workers from Crown Resorts, an Australia-based hotel and casino operator, were sentenced by a Shanghai court for less than a year in jail for violating gambling promotion regulations in China. Thirteen other employees, one Malaysian and 12 Chinese, received similar sentences.

In October 2016, the Chinese authorities detained a total of 18 employees from Crown Resorts in the midst of a crackdown on gambling that was in part triggered by the government’s far-reaching campaign against corruption. Although Crown Resorts doesn’t own casinos based in mainland China, where gambling is illegal, it opened an office on the mainland to help with marketing and arranged trips for Chinese wealthy players to visit its casinos in other regions, including Macau, a special administrative region under Beijing’s rule known for its plethora of casinos. Jason O’Connor, one of the three Australian employees sentenced to prison, was a high-level executive from Crown who oversaw the company’s efforts to lure Chinese gamblers.


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Jiayun Feng

Jiayun was born in Shanghai, where she spent her first 20 years and earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism at Fudan University. Interested in writing for a global audience, she attended the NYU Graduate School of Journalism for its Global & Joint Program Studies, which allowed her to pursue a journalism career along with her interest in international relations. She has previously interned for Sixth Tone and Shanghai Daily.