Among the cigarette counterfeiters of China:
China’s pretty chaotic at times, but a) I think the Chinese authorities know many military facilities they have and b) they’d be aware of this one, because it’s meant to be seen. What you have here I think is a factory guarded in plain sight by a small private army.
The piece argues that fake fags are a direct threat to an important state revenue service. Maybe so, but since they mainly counterfeit foreign brands they also prevent the domestic tobacco monopoly being undermined by market penetration from foreign companies. It’s a trade off.