1st Edition

The Politics of Controlling Organized Crime in Greater China

ISBN 9781138590694
Published April 23, 2018 by Routledge
254 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

In China, the central government has the political will to control organized crime, which is seen as a national security threat. The crux of the problem is how to control local governments that have demonstrated lax enforcement without sufficient regulation from the provincial governments. The development of prostitution, underground gambling and narcotics production has become so serious that the central government has to rely on anti-crime campaigns to combat these "three evils".

This book explores the specific role of government institutions and agencies, notably the police, in controlling organised and cross-border crime in Greater China. Drawing heavily on original empirical data, it compares the both the states of the People’s Republic of China and Taiwan, as well as city-states Hong Kong and Macao. This region has become increasingly economically integrated, and human interactions have been enhanced through improved trade relations, tourism, and increased individual freedom. The book argues that the regime capacity of crime control across Greater China has been expanded through regional and international police cooperation as well as anti-crime campaigns. It suggests that a strong central state in China is necessary to rein in the local states and to prevent the risk of deteriorating into a political-criminal nexus.

Focusing on regime capacity in crime control, regime autonomy from crime groups, and regime legitimacy in the fight against organized crime, this thought-provoking book will be of great interest to students and scholars of Chinese politics and criminology more broadly.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. Crime and Politics in Greater China From Historical Perspective 2. Triads and Anti-Triad Operations in Mainland China, Macao and Hong Kong 3. Controlling Heidao in Taiwan 4. Suicidal Attacks and Anti-Terrorism in China 5. The Politics of Anti-Prostitution in Greater China 6. From China’s Underground Casinos to Macao’s Casinos and Hong Kong’s Casino Cruise Ships 7. Anti-Narcotics in Greater China 8. Cross-Border Crime Control Between Taiwan and Mainland China 9. Cross-Border Cooperation and Regime Autonomy in Crime Control. Conclusion

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Sonny Shiu-Hing Lo is Professor and Head in the Department of Social Sciences at the Hong Kong Institute of Education.


"The Politics of Controlling Organized Crime in Greater China is an informative survey of organized crime in Greater China (the mainland, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau) in the 21st century. The booming economies in the region, mainly driven by a rising China, are associated with the increasing incidence of organized crime activities. The politics is chosen by author Sonny Lo to help us understand causes and solutions of organized crime in Greater China. The significance of this research is clear, given the deepening integration of this region and its intensifying impact, for better or worse, upon the world."
Ming Xia, China Quarterly June 2016