$2 billion makeover for Taiwan isles

Associated Press
In this Aug. 20, 2012 photo, from the 220-meter (670 feet) summit of Mt. Bi, visitors look down on the airport’s single runway jutting out into into the sea on Beigan in the Matsu island group, off northern Taiwan. In early July some 3,000 Matsu residents voted 57 to 43 to permit casino gambling. Their votes were clearly influenced by the promises of not only a casino, but also a tourist resort, expanded airport, roadway infrastructure, a university, and perhaps most alluring of all, a monthly payment of 80,000 New Taiwan dollars ($2,666) for every resident. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)

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In early July 2012 some 3,000 Matsu residents voted 57 to 43 to permit casino gambling. Their votes were clearly influenced by the promises of not only a casino, but also a tourist resort, expanded airport, roadway infrastructure, a university, and perhaps most alluring of all, a monthly payment of 80,000 New Taiwan dollars ($2,666) for every resident.

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