Macau casinos gamble on relations with Beijing


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As the ambitions of its gaming tycoons and the wealth of its casinos soared, Macau became a magnet for some of the world’s greatest chefs. And by early 2019, Michelin stars, which were showered on restaurants such as Sichuan Moon, the Tasting Room and Shinji by Kanesaka, were populating the city’s streets and casinos. Its reputation as one of the region’s gastronomic powerhouses offered something the Chinese city yearned for: a reputation, beyond the baccarat tables and VIP back rooms, as a classy playground of the Asian middle class. Almost three years and one pandemic later, such dreams have been...