Macau has played “a positive role” in China’s relations with Portuguese-speaking countries and has become “an important economic and trade cooperation platform,” the spokesman of the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Qin Gang said Thursday in Beijing.
To mark the 15th anniversary of the transfer of Macau, Qin Gang told Portuguese news agency Lusa the Special Administrative Region of China has achieved “remarkable progress” and “gained high prestige and international influence.”
“In the last fifteen years, Macau has developed good relations with the Portuguese-speaking countries and played a positive role in China’s links to Portuguese-speaking countries,” he added.
Qin Gang also highlighted the “important role” of the Forum for Economic and Trade Cooperation between China and Portuguese-speaking Countries, established in Macau in 2003.
“Macau has become an important platform for economic and trade cooperation. China will continue to support the Macau Special Administrative Region in its connections abroad,” he said.
Trade between China and Portuguese-speaking countries has grown more than ten-fold over the past decade, reaching US$131 billion in 2013. In the first eight months of this year trade totalled US$90 billion.
Macau was integrated into the People’s Republic of China on 20 December 1999, based on the “one country, two systems” formula, which was also used in 1997 when Hong Kong was handed back to China. (macauhub/CN)