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David Chan

American Priorities and Chinese Principles

We know that since Trump was sworn in over the past two and a half years, the US has been pushing its ideas and priorities to the rest of the world. Although the Government is not currently verbalizing this will, nature remains the same. And what are these priorities then? It is about ensuring that US interests prevail, and those of other countries should be left in the background. As long as American interests are safeguarded, those of other countries can be neglected. However, Trump did not get the reaction he expected when he tried to implement such ideology. Despite the US president's willingness to stand out from the crowd and the unilateralist attitude, the consequences were opposite, with several countries beginning to turn their backs on the US. These countries are not only those that usually go against the American will, but also some of their allies. The main reason for this is because the country does not keep its word. The US government and the president are constantly changing claims and promises, and the rest of the world is already getting tired of it. It was in this context that the US started a trade war against China, ignoring the Chinese, American and the rest of the world's interests. However the country remains inconsistent, with the Trump Government breaking agreements with China during past negotiations. This is the second time that dialogues have resumed between the two countries, causing the US to lose credibility in China. Both times it was Trump who called Beijing to request renegotiations, but in a third time China will call the shots.

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José Carlos Matias

Memory

"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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José Carlos Matias

Paving ways

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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José Carlos Matias

Macau, always

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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