View Full Version : Is China suffering the same fate as Mexico and succumbing to drug cartels and mafias?

10-23-2009, 12:20 AM
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The trials are exposing sordid, deep-seated connections between organized crime and corrupt officials and police in the central mega-city of Chongqing, once known as Chungking. Among the suspects: the 46-year-old sister-in-law of the city's deputy police chief, who is accused of running 20 illegal gambling halls, all protected by the police.


Chongqing's crackdown, which began last summer, has been surprisingly extensive, netting more than 1,544 suspects gangsters, prominent businessmen and 14 high-ranking officials. The latter include the second-in-command at the police criminal investigation division and the deputy director of the Higher People's Court, as well as a local legislator and the deputy director of the city's coal safety bureau.

Intended to display the Chinese leadership's renewed resolve to stamp out corruption, the Chongqing campaign has instead highlighted how entrenched criminal gangs have become throughout China.

"Local governments have essentially lost control over organized crime," said Ming Xia, a professor at The City University of New York who studies China's criminal underworld. He said an internal report by the national police ministry estimated that China had 2 million to 3 million people involved in organized crime in 2004 and 4,200 "mafia-style syndicates." He believes the number of participants may be as high as 4 million.

10-23-2009, 05:43 AM
Looks like Christian Bale needs to jump off more Chinese buildings going after guys.

10-23-2009, 09:17 AM
no more then us I suppose.