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Introduction: Colonized by the Portuguese in the 16th century, Macau was the first European settlement in the Far East. Pursuant to an agreement signed by China and Portugal on 13 April 1987, Macau became the Macau Special Administrative Region (SAR) of the People's Republic of China on 20 December 1999. In this agreement, China promised that, under its "one country, two systems" formula, China's political and economic system would not be imposed on Macau, and that Macau would enjoy a high degree of autonomy in all matters except foreign affairs and defense for the next 50...

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Political Update: Next Legislative Assembly elections are due to be held in 2013 and next CE elections in 2014.

In response his third annual policy address in November 2011 CE Chui announced the government would canvass public opinion on possible changes to the method of electing the Legislative Assembly.

Macau’s Basic Law contains provisions which allow for the electoral system to be changed after 2009.  The Basic Law says that any changes to the method of selecting the CE or the Legislative Assembly must be reported to the National People’s Congress Standing Committee for approval.  In his announcement CE Chui ...

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History: Chinese records of Macau date back to the establishment in 1152 of Xiangshan County under which Macau was administered, though it remained unpopulated through most of the next century. Portuguese traders began using Macau as a staging port as early as 1516, making it the oldest European settlement in the Far East. In 1557, the Chinese agreed to a Portuguese settlement in Macau but did not ...

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International Relations: The UK's Relations with Macao

We enjoy close and constructive co-operation with the Macao authorities in areas of mutual interest. For example, the UK and Macao signed an air services agreement in 2004. We also helped the SAR Government to develop export control legislation for the territory.

The British Consulate General (BCG) in Hong Kong is responsible for all of the UK's bilateral dealings with the Macao SAR Government. The BCG is also responsible for providing consular assistance to British Nationals in Macao and in 2004 appointed. Dr Glenn McCartney as Honorary British Consul.

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Colonial Administration: Before December 20, 1999, Macau was an enclave under Portuguese colonial administration recognized both by Portugal and China as Chinese territory. A governor, appointed by the president of Portugal, headed the cabinet, which included the governor and seven undersecretaries (economic coordination; transport and public works; public security; justice; communications, ...

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