Macau: Special Administrative Region may aid relations between EU and China

27 November 2007

Macau, China, 27 Nov – The head of the Macau government, Edmund Ho, said Tuesday that he hoped the territory could “help and support” the boost in the relationship between the Chinese mainland and the European Union in its role as a “platform between China and the EU.”

“For Macau it is a benefit to be able to (…) serve as a platform between the East and the West,” said Ho, speaking to Portuguese news agency Lusa about the 10th summit between China and the European Union to be held Tuesday and Wednesday in Beijing.

Ho also noted that the city “has always had good economic and trade relations with the European Union,” and that it has and Economic and Trade delegation in Brussels, “contributing to the consolidation of the bilateral and multilateral relationship.”

Referring specifically to the summit, Ho said that boosting the relations between the EU and China was important for cooperation between Asia and Europe as well as for “world stability and development.”

Ho noted the importance of this new summit to “boost bilateral relations,” in areas such as “trade, science and technology, tourism and education,” and for “uniting efforts in fighting climate change and development of green energy and energy security, amongst other challenges facing globalization.” (macauhub)