$2 billion makeover for Taiwan isles

Associated Press
Taiwan isles

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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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