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Country Specific Information: Macau

July 2, 2011 Comments off

Country Specific Information: Macau
Source: U.S. Department of State

June 28, 2011

DESCRIPTION: Macau, a Special Administrative Region (SAR) of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) since December 20, 1999, has a high degree of autonomy, except in the areas of defense and foreign policy. Macau retains its own currency, laws, and border controls. With a population of approximately 544,600, Macau covers a 29.5 square-kilometer area, including the peninsula of Macau, which is connected to the PRC, the two islands of Taipa and Coloane, and Co Tai (reclaimed land between Taipa and Coloane). Gambling and tourism are the largest sectors in Macau’s economy. Facilities for tourism are well developed. The official languages in the Macau SAR are Chinese and Portuguese; however, English is spoken in tourist areas. See the Department of State  Background Notes on Macau  for additional information.

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State Department Background Notes — Macau (Macau Special Administrative Region)

March 20, 2011 Comments off

State Department Background Notes — Macau (Macau Special Administrative Region)
Source: U.S. Department of State

The U.S. Government has no offices in Macau. U.S. interests are represented by the U.S. Consulate General in Hong Kong. U.S. policy toward Macau reflects our support for Macau autonomy under the “One Country, Two Systems” framework established in Macau’s Basic Law. The U.S. promotes trade and investment in Macau, supports broadening law enforcement cooperation, works to bolster academic, educational, and cultural links, supports official U.S. visitors to Macau, and serves the growing numbers of U.S. citizen residents and visitors in Macau. U.S. residents in Macau are estimated at over 4,000. There are over 30 U.S. firms doing business in Macau.

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