The City of the Name of God

  • Bertil Lintner


At the stroke of midnight on 19 December 1999, Portugal’s red and green flag was lowered inside a huge pavilion near Macau’s outer harbour—and China’s red banner was hoisted to the tune of the national anthem of the People’s Republic. The last Portuguese governor, Vasco Rocha Vieira, handed over his duties to Edmund Ho, a 44-year-old local banker whom a Beijing-appointed body had selected to become the first chief executive of the Macau Special Administrative Region. Clouds and strong winds had forced the organisers of the historic ceremony to cancel the planned fireworks, but thousands of guests burst into boisterous cheers as the territory changed hands.


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