MACAU Handover

MACAU Handover
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pa3gr1.jpg (10113 bytes)   Macau was handed back to China at midnight on December 19, 1999. The handover itself was sealed with an eight-second handshake by the presidents of the People's Republic of China and the Portuguese Republic, Jiang Zemin and Jorge Sampaio.

pa3gr2.jpg (5707 bytes)   One of the most applauded moments during the half-hour handover ceremony was the embrace of Gen. Vasco Rocha Vieira, the last Portuguese governor of Macau, and Edmund Ho Hau Wah, the first Chief Executive of the MSAR.

pa3gr6.jpg (7261 bytes)   Several hours before the Sino-Portuguese handover ceremony, the Portuguese flag at the Praia Grande Macau Government Palace was lowered for the last time. Macau's last Portuguese governor, Gen. Vasco RochaVieira, clutched the folded flag to his chest and took a final glance at the palace before he stepped into a black limousine that took him to other handover-related events.

pa3gr3.jpg (6404 bytes)   The amicable handshake followed a solemn flag ceremony in which the Portuguese flag was lowered just before midnight on December 19, 1999, to mark the end of 442 years of Portuguese administration. The Chinese flag was raised exactly at midnight to mark the establishment of the autonomous Macau Special Administrative Region (MSAR) on December 20, 1999, as agreed by the two nations when they signed the Sino Portuguese Joint Declaration on the Question of Macau in Beijing in April 1987.

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