China’s “Belt and Road” initiative under discussion in Macau

17 May 2018

The International Institute of Macau (IIM) on Wednesday launched the English-language book “China’s Belt and Road Initiative – The Role of Macau and the Portuguese-speaking Countries” with articles by four authors: Thomas Chan, professor in Hong Kong, Paul Mooney, journalist, Paulo Figueiredo, researcher and José Luís Sales Marques, president of the Institute of European Studies of Macau (IEEM).

The book, coordinated and produced by the Macaulink media group, presents the challenges and the role of Macau and Portuguese-speaking countries in one of the most important diplomatic and economic initiatives launched by China in 2013.

The president of the IIM, Jorge Rangel, announced at the presentation of the book that the institute will soon launch Chinese and Portuguese editions and another book later this year dedicated to China’s new initiative called the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Great Bay Area.

Rangel also said that this year IIM will launch a book on 13 Chinese personalities from the Great Bay area who contributed decisively to the progress of the city in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Rangel called for the need to increasingly publicise integration plans for southern China so that Macau can contribute to and participate in the development of the region.

“We have strengths and potential that have to be explored, particularly with regard to the role of Macau as China’s liaison platform with Portuguese-speaking countries and the intercultural relationship between China and other cultures in the world,” he said.

Rangel also argued that the “Belt and Road” initiative is, in addition to a process of development and integration, the Chinese vision of globalisation.

The vice president of the Macau Maritime Silk Road Association and IEEM president Sales Marques said that Macau’s people need to understand the potential and future functioning of the Great Bay as they will be participants in these new political and economic developments. (macauhub)