Europe South Asia Asia Pacific Americas Middle East Africa BBC Homepage World Service Education
BBC Homepagelow graphics version | feedback | help
BBC News Online
 You are in: World: Asia-Pacific
Front Page 
World 
Africa 
Americas 
Asia-Pacific 
Europe 
Middle East 
South Asia 
-----------
From Our Own Correspondent 
-----------
Letter From America 
UK 
UK Politics 
Business 
Sci/Tech 
Health 
Education 
Sport 
Entertainment 
Talking Point 
In Depth 
AudioVideo 


Handover ceremony
The raising of the Chinese flag as Macau returns to mainland control
 real 28k

Jill McGivering in Macau
"An historic ceremony"
 real 28k

Monday, 20 December, 1999, 11:44 GMT
Macau handover: Asia's last colony




At midnight on 19 December the tiny enclave of Macau returned to Chinese control after more than 400 years as a Portuguese colony. BBC News Online looks at what the handover means for Macau and the region as five centuries of European colonialism in Asia come to an end:


The handover



China takes control
The Portuguese and Chinese presidents attend a lavish handover ceremony as Macau becomes a Special Autonomous Region of the People's Republic of China.


  • Jiang hails new era for Macau
    Chinese President Jiang Zemin welcomes Macau's return to the "embrace of the motherland."

  • Portuguese president bids farewell
    President Jorge Sampaio pledges that Macau will "remain a crossroads between Europe and Asia."



    Eyes on the future



  • What now for Macau?
    Most Macau residents are optimistic about the return to Chinese rule, but the territory will have a tough time reinventing itself as the dynamic international business centre its new leaders envisage.


  • Cracking down on the triads
    Residents are hoping that the arrival of Chinese rule will signal a tough stand on organised crime, writes Jill McGivering in Macau.

  • Handover puts spotlight on Taiwan
    The return of Hong Kong and now Macau to China has pushed Taiwan further up the policy agenda of Beijing's leaders.



    Colonial legacy



  • Portuguese heritage
    For many who live in Macau, the history of Portuguese rule means little more than a few colonial ruins.

  • Mediterranean outpost
    Jill McGivering reports on the mood in Macau in the run-up to the handover.

  • End of empire
    With the departure of the last Portuguese governor of Macau, half a millennium of European colonialism in Asia comes to an end.


    Some of the pictures in this special report are used with the permission of the Macau government

  • Search BBC News Online

    Advanced search options
    Launch console
    BBC RADIO NEWS
    BBC ONE TV NEWS
    WORLD NEWS SUMMARY
    PROGRAMMES GUIDE

    Last post
    The Macau handover closes the final chapter of European colonialism in Asia


    Coverage from the BBC Chinese service



    End of an era
    Images from the day Macau returned to Chinese rule
    Asia-Pacific Contents

    Country profiles

    Internet links:

    The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites
    Links to other Asia-Pacific stories are at the foot of the page.


    E-mail this story to a friend

    Links to more Asia-Pacific stories