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Portugal, China and the Macau Negotiations, 1986-1999$
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Carmen Amado Mendes

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9789888139002

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888139002.001.0001

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The Ambiguity over the Future of Macau

The Ambiguity over the Future of Macau

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(p.7) 1 The Ambiguity over the Future of Macau
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Portugal, China and the Macau Negotiations, 1986-1999
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Carmen Amado Mendes

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Hong Kong University Press
DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789888139002.003.0002

From Portugal's settlement in Macau in the sixteenth century to the establishment of diplomatic relations with the People's Republic of China in 1979, Sino-Portuguese relations evolved through different stages. The fragility of the Portuguese presence in Macau fluctuated with China's levels of political stability and power, within the notion of historical shared sovereignty. In the context of the mid-1970s withdrawal from empire, Lisbon has arguably offered to return Macau to China, but Beijing declined those offers. The new Portuguese regime signed a secret agreement with China, promising to hand Macau over when the time was ripe. The trauma experienced from the decolonisation process in Africa resulted in demands from the Portuguese public to ensure a more dignified withdrawal from Macau.

Keywords:   Decolonization, Retrocession, Macau question, Estado Novo, Macau Organic Law, The Secret Memorandum, Macau, Portugal, China

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