China praises Macau’s role in relations with Portuguese-speaking countries

20 November 2009

Beijing, China, 20 Nov – China Thursday said it was satisfied with the results of the first decade of Chinese governance in Macau and praised the “unique role” of the territory in developing its relations with Portuguese-speaking countries.

“Macau has had a unique and positive role in developing the economic ties between the mainland and Portuguese-speaking countries,” the spokesman for the Chinese Foreign affairs Ministry, Qin Gang told Portuguese news agency Lusa.

“The Chinese central government will continue to support that role,” he added.

Macau came under Chinese administration on 20 December, 1999, following the same model adopted around a year and a half before for Hong Kong, “one country, two systems,” and with the same status, of Special Administrative Region.

Macau is the headquarters for the Forum for Economic and Trade Cooperation between China and the Portuguese-speaking countries, which was set up in 2003. (macauhub)