December 20, 2004 |
Marking the fifth anniversary of China's assumption of power over Macao, Chinese President Hu Jintao praised the former Portuguese colony's economic success under Beijing's rule. The enclave of 450,000 has seen double-digit economic growth and a drop in its once-infamous gang violence -- improvements some attribute to the presence of Chinese troops. It has been buoyed by the revival of its gambling industry with the introduction of Las Vegas casino operators.
August 27, 2002 |
For six years, the Starbucks coffeehouse chain has expanded in Asia by selling its coffee to nations of tea drinkers. Now there's a new challenge. This month, the Seattle-based company opened an outlet in one of Asia's few genuine coffee cultures--the former Portuguese colony of Macao. "We don't want to compete directly with the local coffeehouses," said Pedro Man, president of Starbucks Coffee Asia Pacific Ltd. "We just want to be part of the scene." That it already is.
December 20, 1999 |
Ending 442 years under Portuguese rule, this pocket-size territory reverted to Chinese sovereignty today, the last European holding to return to local control after half a millennium of Western colonization in Asia. Just before midnight Sunday, the Portuguese flag was lowered for a final time here, and at the stroke of 12, China formally took the reins in Macao, an 8 1/2-square-mile enclave comprising a peninsula, two tiny islands and a population of 430,000.
December 17, 1999 |
Henrique Pedruco was born in this tiny enclave and has lived here for all of his 56 years. But on Monday, Pedruco will wake up a stranger in his native land as Macao reverts to Chinese rule after 442 years under Portuguese control. "All of a sudden, I'm a foreigner in my own homeland," laments Pedruco, who will maintain Portuguese citizenship after the hand-over. "That's the worst part." Pedruco is certain he'll stay on in Macao.
May 23, 1997 |
On a sultry April evening, a young man walked up to nurse Rosa Yiu Bo-la and fatally shot her with a Chinese military-issue pistol. The slaying, officials said, was retribution directed at her husband, a former court bailiff reportedly connected to the organized crime gangs, or triads, that are suddenly tearing this city apart. But the killing--which authorities have included among 15 professional hits here this year--sent shock waves to nearby Hong Kong and to Beijing.
November 11, 1995 |
Early next month, an airliner will take off from Chiang Kai-shek International Airport in Taiwan and fly to the new airport in this tiny Portuguese outpost on the South China Sea. The Air Macau Airbus 321 jetliner will pause for 30 minutes on the tarmac of the Macao airport and acquire a new flight number. But most of the passengers--mainly Taiwanese business people--will remain on board. Then the aircraft will take off for Beijing, the capital of China.