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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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Other Delicate Transition Issues

Other Delicate Transition Issues

Covenants, Construction and Possible Corruption

(p.85) 4 Other Delicate Transition Issues
Portugal, China and the Macau Negotiations, 1986-1999

Carmen Amado Mendes

Hong Kong University Press

This chapter focuses on three sensitive issues of the transition period: the inclusion in the Macau Basic Law of the provisions of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights as well as the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights; the construction of the Macau International Airport; and negotiations surrounding the Orient Foundation. The issue of the Covenants highlights the lack of Portuguese foresight in negotiating the Joint Declaration. The construction of the airport was perceived by the Portuguese as vital to guarantee Macau's autonomy. During the airport negotiations they took advantage of the Tian'anmen incident in order to gain concessions. The issue of the Orient Foundation, with vested interests of different political parties and politicians limiting the bargaining power of the Portuguese negotiators, suggests the absence of a common strategy on the Portuguese side during the first years of the transition.

Keywords:   International Covenant, Tiananmen, Macau International Airport, Orient Foundation, Macau's Tourism and Entertainment Company, Macau, China, Portugal

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