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site plan is a tiny Pacific paradise but it's but too much on casinos and now the small US Commonwealth is hamstrung by a Chinese company that promise to spend seven billion dollars here this resort project is being built by Hong Kong listed imperial Pacific since opening in two thousand fifteen the casino has contributed to around sixty percent of Saipan's Rabbani but last year super typhoon you to struck Asia hard slowing the flow of tourists to trickle in Saipan for imperial Pacific it was a disaster contribution to a huge loss in two thousand eighteen and slashing tax revenues paid to the island by seventy percent I recently traveled to Saipan were so the projects now so far behind is hampering the islands recovery center is %HESITATION it's meant I've been in twenty seventeen currently any the casino is operational and the hotel pot has been given a deadline until twenty twenty one to urban labor shortages of course delays federal restrictions limit the number of barn is able to work here and on top of the old wealthy gamblers on coming back when I visited only around for casino tables out of a hundred wealthy pride and parts of the casino set aside for high rolling gamblers were shot locals are now worried that the casino is not doing what it promised to boost the whole economy I met with local lawmaker Christina sub line it's right in the heart of our tourist district it is an eyesore and that is %HESITATION you know with and and nobody wants to see it go the way of some of the buildings that you see in other parts of the island right people want to see the project completed and and they would like to see it succeed ten hundreds of businessmen who spoke to me in one of his cafes he wants more transparency for project he says impacts the whole island along with the casino industry come negative impacts right social %HESITATION intact from pacs %HESITATION , %HESITATION impacts and infrastructure impacts on the environment and those in impacts have to be offset in some way in the hope is that you re recruit enough financially to negate those are to mitigate those those negative who's going to offset these yeah these these negative impact we have we the taxpayers have been shouldering ask a senior revenues dry out officials of thinking about legalizing online gambling critics say that could lead to a rise in money laundering but for some it may be a bat with making