China: February 1, 2000


China has launched a vigorous campaign against smuggling, which has been rampant in south China for years (often with the help of local customs and military officials. )  While the number of cases prosecuted was up 36 percent in 1999 (to 21,117) from 1998, the value of seized good was down 39 percent (to $1.5 billion) from 1998. The corruption brought about by the smuggling have cost the government a lot of respect among the population.


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