Macau (/məˈk/; 澳門; 澳门; "Bay gate"), also spelled Macao, officially known as the Macao Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China, is a special administrative region on the southern coast of the People's Republic of China. Macau lies on the western side of the Pearl River Delta across from Hong Kong, which is about 64 kilometers to the east, and it is also bordered by Guangdong of Mainland China to the north and the South China Sea to the east and south. With an estimated population of around 636,200 living in an area of 30.3 km2 (11.6 sq mi), it is the most densely populated region in the world.

As Portuguese Macau, it was administered by the Portuguese Empire and its inheritor states from the mid-16th century until late 1999, when it was the last remaining European colony in Asia under Portugal. Portuguese traders first settled in Macau in the 1550s. In 1557, Macau was rented to Portugal from Ming China as a trading port. The Portuguese Empire administered the city under Chinese authority and sovereignty until 1887, when Macau became a colony. Sovereignty over Macau was transferred to China on 20 December 1999. The Joint Declaration on the Question of Macau and Macau Basic Law stipulate that Macau operate with a high degree of autonomy until at least 2049, fifty years after the transfer.

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Melco Resorts backs off from buying extra 10pc Crown Resorts stake

Hong Kong Standard 07 Feb 2020
While Melco cited the impact of the coronavirus on Asian tourism and the temporary closure of casinos in Macau -- including its own -- the completion of the Crown deal had been in doubt for months ... gambling center of Macau ... Macau is the only part of China where casinos are legal....

Coronavirus: As Death Toll Rises, More people Heading Home and Hyundai suspended car production

Sri Lanka News 05 Feb 2020
Macau is closing all casinos for two weeks ... Macau’s first casino, the Lisboa, has been joined by dozens more, turning the semiautonomous Chinese territory into the world’s biggest gambling center ... Macau, the only place in China where casino gambling is legal, derives a significant portion of its revenue from gamblers from the mainland....

Coronavirus: What's happening to people flying back from China?

Finger Lakes Times 05 Feb 2020
SAN JOSE, Calif ... Flight attendants patrolled the aisles asking if they felt ill ... "It made me nervous. I think this could spread like wildfire." ... As U.S ... 5 ... U.S ... The exclusion does not apply to those coming from Hong Kong and Macau, and immediate family members of U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents are exempted and will be allowed into the country....

‘Blacklist’ mulled of triads, officers over HK protests

Taipei Times 16 Jan 2020
Asked about a civic group’s plans to hold a demonstration on Sunday to protest the government’s failure to assist Hong Kongers seeking asylum in Taiwan, Chiu said that the Act Governing Relations with Hong Kong and Macau (香港澳門關係條例) serves as the legal basis for the government’s humanitarian assistance to Hong Kongers ... ....

A step forward that's hard to talk about

Hong Kong Standard 07 Jan 2020
A single lawsuit was "brought to trial" three different ways - using the mainland legal system, the Hong Kong legal system and the Macau legal system. This experiment on Monday in Guangzhou, attended by top legal people from all three places, was to help people spot key differences....

How China changed Macau, ‘the gambling capital of the world’

The Independent 21 Dec 2019
It’s hard to believe that until 2007, Macau’s Cotai Strip was just a swamp ... Friday 20 December 2019 marked the 20th anniversary of Macau being handed back to China, ending 442 years of Portuguese rule ... Macau is the only place in China where casino gambling is legal ... “I do sometimes miss the pre-handover days when Macau was quieter....

Central bank supports yuan remittances in SAR

People Daily 21 Dec 2019
To achieve its role in the financial center with Macao's characteristics, some challenges remain, especially on talent and law, according to Wu Zhiliang, president of the Macau Foundation. "Macao has legal fundamentals but part of it needs to be modernized, in particular, in the ......

Macau: China's other 'one country, two systems' region

BBC News 20 Dec 2019
Macau is a small but important port city on the south coast of China, just south of Guangzhou and about 65km from Hong Kong ... "When the Portuguese had complete rule of Macau, they had to negotiate with China because it is so close ... Under one country, two systems Macau has its own government, legal and financial affairs ... This does not apply to Macau....

China won't tolerate foreign forces meddling in internal affairs: President Xi

Press TV 20 Dec 2019
Chinese President, Xi Jinping, has once again warned “foreign forces” against meddling in the country’s internal affairs, as he swore in a new government for the Chinese territory of Macau ... Under the one country, two system rule, Macau has its own government, legal and financial affairs, as does Hong Kong....

Nobody should be distracted by Xi Jinping's visit to Macau – It's not the same ...

The Independent 19 Dec 2019
Macau ostensibly inherited a European legal system from Portugal when the Portuguese rule came to an end in 1999 ... We believe, the Macau judiciary’s departure from the jurisprudence and the norms of European courts is bringing Macau’s legal order closer to that of China ... Macau represents the failure or the non-existence of “high degree of autonomy”....

HK man's mega bridge arrest legal, says Matthew Cheung

Hong Kong Standard 17 Dec 2019
The acting Chief Executive Matthew Cheung Kin-chung says the arrest of a Hong Kong man by mainland officers on the cross-border bridge to Macau and Zhuhai last week was perfectly legal, RTHK reports ... on the bridge, while travelling to Macau on a bus ... It's entirely legal."....

Beijing sent team of mainlanders to study law in Portugal, placed them in top Macau ...

South China Morning Post 17 Dec 2019
Eight years before Macau returned to Chinese rule in 1999, Beijing sent at least a dozen mainland ......

Hong Kong needs to stop violence says top official as jobless rate rises

Canada Dot Com 17 Dec 2019
Protesters are angry about what they see as an encroachment by China on wide ranging autonomy Hong Kong was guaranteed under a “one country, two systems” framework which governs the former British colony and the neighboring casino hub of Macau ... Xi is due to begin a three-day visit to Macau on Wednesday and security has been tightened....