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China will take Macao back from Portugal on December 20, 1999, following its recovery of Hong Kong on July 1, 1997. Only forty miles from Hong Kong, the much-smaller Macao shares some similarities with its more famous neighbor yet differs from it historically, politically, and economically. Benefits to China will be mainly symbolic; recovering another relic of European imperialism, re-validating the principle of “one country, two systems, “moving closer to reuniting Taiwan with the mainland, and signaling its status as a major world power.
Pruden, George B., "China’s Recovery of Macao: Another Wayward Territory Comes Home" (1999). Robert Ingram Strozier Faculty Lecture Series. 76.
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