China's Smuggling Crackdown: A Double Edged Sword
Beijing is turning up the heat on smugglers. Underscoring the drive to seal China's porous borders from tax-evading goods, Premier Zhu Rongji in October led an 80-member inspection team through customs offices, foreign exchange administrations, and banks across the south. "Progress in the antismuggling battle has been very unbalanced in some areas, and we cannot overestimate our achievements," he said after the tour in Guangzhou, where he called for military and provincial leaders across China to step up their efforts. China even launched a nationwide telephone hotline for citizens to call in tips on smugglers.
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