Earlier this week, police in a village outside of Kunming, Yunnan province arrested three individuals suspected of counterfeiting and then set about the monotonous and messy task of counting the 300,000RMB in fake cash, some of which was apparently still smudgy with red ink.
To try and curb rampant and rising cases of counterfeiting, China announced last month it would introduce brand-new 100RMB banknotes in November. The more colorful cash is designed to be more difficult to duplicate after numerous reports of high-quality counterfeit notes in recent years, of which some 97 percent ultimately traces back to a humble elderly painter in Guangdong province.
No updates on the horizon for smaller denominations of currency, so bus lines, like this one in Chongqing that reportedly took in 56 million yuan in fake dough in just one year, are still screwed.
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