Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Portugal, China and the Macau Negotiations, 1986-1999$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

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

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM HONG KONG SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.hongkong.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Hong Kong University Press, 2021. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in HKSO for personal use.date: 18 September 2021

The Transition Period and the Problems of “Localisation”

The Transition Period and the Problems of “Localisation”

Chapter:
(p.63) 3 The Transition Period and the Problems of “Localisation”
Source:
Portugal, China and the Macau Negotiations, 1986-1999
Author(s):

Carmen Amado Mendes

Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789888139002.003.0004

This chapter presents the context in which Portugal conducted negotiations with China during the 1988-1999 transition period. It explores the domestic political environment for clues as to how Portuguese strategy was defined. This is done by examining the personalities and views of policy-makers responsible for formulating strategy. It analyses three inter-related issues that were discussed in the Sino-Portuguese Joint Liaison Group: the localisation of language, civil service and the law. Consensus was a safe way of avoiding public dissension with China, allowing the Portuguese politicians to convey the image of a dignified withdrawal to the public. Lisbon's indifference regarding Macau and the trauma of decolonisation shaped the Portuguese leaders' approach to negotiations, using them for domestic political consumption.

Keywords:   Sino-Portuguese Joint Liaison Group, Sino-Portuguese Land Group, Policies of localisation, Sinification, Macanisation, Double tutelage, Cohabitation, China, Portugal, Macau

Hong Kong Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .