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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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A Final Assessment

A Final Assessment

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Portugal, China and the Macau Negotiations, 1986-1999

Carmen Amado Mendes

Hong Kong University Press

The Portuguese approach towards the negotiations depended on the political parties and leaders that were in power. In general, poorly prepared diplomats within all Portuguese administrations as well as political constraints resulted in an inability to get the best benefits out of the negotiations for Macau and for Portugal. In some periods, divisions amongst Portuguese leaders and parties were noticeable. With this lack of a consensual strategy, the Chinese were able to control the pace of the negotiations. Partly due to the long-standing debates over what Macau's sovereign status really was and partly due to a domestic context sensitive to decolonization, the Portuguese government was more concerned about withdrawal from the last remain of the Empire than about Macau itself.

Keywords:   Macau, Portugal, Withdrawal from empire, Asymmetrical bargaining, Negotiation behaviour, Chinese negotiation methods and tactics, Portuguese bureaucracy

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