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The crisis in Hong Kong has clearly gone beyond the issue of the proposed extradition law. What we have seen over the last few weeks has been a pressure cooker that has been uncovered and has brought out the expression of a multifaceted wave of discontent. It also reflects deeply rooted identity issues, dissatisfaction with the way the One Country Two Systems principle has been implemented, notably in recent years, and great concern about the future. After all, for those who are 20 years old, 2047 is not that far away. It has a real impact on their life. Lack of hope and trust in local and central authorities result in a rather gloomy future prospect. The regrettable clashes between police and protesters resulted in a preventable use of force on both sides, and are also a symptom of the inability of the Carrie Lam Administration (a Chief Executive whose legitimacy shrinks by the day) to regain political initiative and show leadership and competence. There seems to be no quick fix for this crisis, but this cannot make one unaware of the urgency of beginning to walk the path of reconciliation, avoiding the mistakes made after the 2014 Occupy Movement. A surgical correction of policy is not enough.

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"The past is a distant country / distant is the shadow of the voice / the past is the truth told by another of us," sings Sérgio Godinho in one of the many meaningful songs and lyrics by this outstanding Portuguese songwriter.

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1 - Chui Sai On's visit to Portugal lived up to the high expectations created by the months of intense trilateral interaction between Lisbon, Beijing and Macau. The step taken towards the recognition of degrees and diplomas of higher education is important, solving a problem that existed for several years. Also at the educational level, the agreement to install a center of the Tourism Training Institute (IFT), of Macau, in Estoril signals a new level of cooperation, paving the way for a cross-way of enhancing the value of training between the two sides. Strengthening ties in education, language and culture illustrates a relationship that started more than 400 years with the arrival of the Portuguese to Macau and has gained new contours over the last two decades since Macau was returned to the Chinese administration. In this regard, it is worth highlighting what has been achieved over the last five years through the Subcommittee on Portuguese Language and Education - within the framework of the Macau-Portugal Joint Committee. This has been possible thanks to the Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture's effort and the support of the Central Government. Portugal also started to look at Macau in another way. It is still insufficient given the potential for cooperation, but the pillars are set for a new decade marked by even stronger and broader ties. For this one needs continued and renwed political will and ability to put the policies in practice by the three sides ofthe equation: Macau, Beijing and Lisbon.

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The Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa synthesized how he only knows the essence of the relationship between China and Portugal, translating in a simple, clear and affectionate way the omnipresent specificity of Macau, which combines the ancient Chinese wisdom and the Portuguese frenzy.

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"Plastic" is a perfect adjective to describe Macau undergoing a plastic surgery; it looks glamorous outside, but rotten inside. The city is reaching the highest GDP per-capita in the world by 2020, according to data from International Monetary Fund (IMF), but with the worst environmental policy compared to nearby regions.

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There is nothing suggesting that the voting, which will take place in the British Parliament in a few days, in order to try to ratify the agreement between London and the "EU 27" for a negotiated exit of the United Kingdom from the European Union, will have a favorable result.

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