Portugal, China and Macau: Building a New Triangular Relationship at a Moment of Change

  • Miguel Santos Neves


Portugal and China met for the first time in Macau 450 years ago with a basic economic motivation: trade. In so doing they became not only pioneers in the development of relations between Europe and Asia but also active players in building the very early foundations of a secular process of globalisation of the world economy which is now entering a crucial phase characterised by profound and rapid qualitative changes.


Foreign Affair Chinese Communist Party Chinese Market Bilateral Relation Diplomatic Relation 
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  1. 1.
    There is no coincidence, both in terms of contents and timing, with the four phases in the relations between China and Western Europe identified by Michael Yahuda in the chapter ‘China and Europe’ in Thomas Robinson and David Shambaugh (eds) Chinese Foreign Policy: Theory and Practice (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1994), p. 268.Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    See Calvet de Magalhães, Macau e a China no após-Guerra, (Macau: Instituto do Oriente, 1992), pp. 63–71.Google Scholar
  3. 12.
    See Lo Shiu Hing, Political Development in Macau, (Hong Kong: Chinese University Press, 1995), pp. 141–58.Google Scholar

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