The President of the Portuguese Republic referred to Macau today as "an example of unique coexistence between cultures and diverse legal experiences," in a message sent to his Chinese counterpart on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the transfer of the administration of the territory.
After more than 400 years under Portuguese administration, Macau became a Special Administrative Region of China on December 20, 1999.
On the 20th anniversary of the transfer, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa addressed a letter to the Chinese President, Xi Jinping, in which he reaffirms "the commitment made by the Portuguese Republic, through the Presidents Jorge Sampaio and Aníbal Cavaco Silva, of the Assembly of the Republic and the successive Governments on the legal status and economic, social and cultural development of Macau and on the enhancement of the Portuguese language."
In the message, the Portuguese President reaffirms "the relevance of the five-century relationship between Portugal and China, the unique and unrepeatable character of Macau's past, present and future experience, and the certainty that it will continue to be an example of unique coexistence between cultures and diverse legal experiences, with economic and social openness to other worlds, in particular the one that speaks Portuguese."
Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa welcomed the presence of Xi Jinping "at the celebration of the twentieth anniversary of the transfer of powers, as well as his commitment to respect the rights enshrined in the statute agreed between the two states and to foster the economic, social and cultural development of the Special Administrative Region of Macau."
"Macau will continue to be another important contribution to achieving the partnership between the Portuguese Republic and the People's Republic of China," wrote Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, recalling Xi Jinping's visit to Portugal in the end of 2018 and the one he did to China earlier this year.