Portuguese Deputy Prime Minister, Professor Henrique de Barros, said in Macao on Thursday (9 June) that his country had no plans to return the colony to the Chinese.
GV: Macao in foreground with China in background PAN ACROSS rooftops.
GV ACROSS: bay to Macao.
GV: Macao street scenes. (3 shots)
GV EXTERIOR: Communist bookshop and Communist bank (2 shots)
CU: Chinese family PULL BACK TO PAN street scene.
SV: Portuguese Deputy Prime Minister Henrique de Barros meeting local officials.
SV: girls students watching.
SV: Barros greeting people.
GV: Barros and others saluting while national anthem is played
GV: students and others.
SV: Barros carrying wreath to shrine of poet Luis Camoes and placing wreath.
CU: Bust of Camoes
SV: women watching ceremony.
CU: statue with wreath and people passing.
MCU: school girls placing floral tributes at base of statue.
GV: crowd in front of statue.
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Background: Portuguese Deputy Prime Minister, Professor Henrique de Barros, said in Macao on Thursday (9 June) that his country had no plans to return the colony to the Chinese.
SYNOPSIS: Macao has been a Portuguese colony for more than 400 years and is now the country's only remaining colony. All the others have been granted independence since the military revolution in Portugal in 1974. Professor Barros said Macao was an autonomous territory with Portuguese administration and the situation there was quite satisfactory. He said the colony hadn't been granted independence because the local population had not asked for it.
There is a strong Communist Chinese influence in Macao, with several bookshops and banks being the more obvious signs. There are 300,000 Chinese residents of Macao, many of whom came to escape from the neighbouring Communist regime. China earns much of its foreign exchange through the Portuguese colony.
Deputy Prime Minister Barros said his visit to the colony was purely a cultural one. He did not expect to meet any representatives of the Chinese government. Professor Barros said Portugal wanted to have diplomatic relations with China, but the matter was in Chinese hands. Some observers believe Macao is an obstacle to the establishment of diplomatic relations.
The main purpose of the Deputy Prime Minister's visit was to take part in celebrations honouring Portugal's most famous poet, Luis de Camoes. He laid a wreath at a shrine to Camoes at a ceremony on Friday (10 June).
Camoes lived in Macao for some time after the city was founded as a permanent settlement by the Portuguese in 1557.