Macau, China, 09 Mar -Macau Fisherman’s Wharf (MFW) is preparing for a tough year ahead with plans to focus on regional marketing in a bid to boost visitor numbers at the MOP 1.9 billion theme park. A MFW spokeswoman told MacauNews that the development was bracing itself for a difficult year, despite what she described … Continue reading "Macau Fisherman’s Wharf in search of more visitors"
9 Mar, 2009
中国北京3月6日电－中国国务院总理温家宝周四在此间许诺，全力支持香港、澳门两个特别行政区积极应对国际金融危机。 温家宝在十一届全国人大二次会议上作政府工作报告时说，中央政府将加快加快推动港珠澳大桥、港深机场铁路、广深港高速铁路等基础设施建设。 他说，中央政府还将加快推进与港澳地区货物贸易的人民币结算试点。 他还称，政府还将扩大内地服务业对港澳的开放，采取有效措施支持港澳在内地企业特别是中小企业发展。 温家宝说，北京将帮助澳门促进经济适度多元发展。 “伟大祖国永远是香港、澳门的坚强后盾。 我们坚信，香港、澳门同胞一定能够克服面临的困难，开创更加美好的明天！” 这次工作报告中关于港澳工作的部分，是自2004年以来政府工作报告中，篇幅最长、文字最多的一次。 2008年政府工作报告只是简要地提到坚持“一国两制”方针，“港人治港”、“澳人治澳”、高度自治的方针，严格按照特别行政区基本法办事。 同时，澳门特区行政长官何厚铧周四在北京与广东省省委书记汪洋会面，“双方均认为两地可在原有基础上加强合作，达至互补共赢”。 双方谈及粤澳共同推进落实《珠江三角洲地区改革发展规划纲要(2008-2020年) 》、促进澳门经济适度多元化、粤澳合作共同开发横琴、支持澳门民生事务（供水、供电、食品安全）等问题。 汪洋在会面中回顾了过去一年粤澳合作取得的成果，包括港珠澳大桥建设有实质进展，可望在今年内动工。 (MacauNews)
6 Mar, 2009
Macau, China, 5 March – The European Commission has a positive opinion about Macau, but hopes that the State Security Law does not jeopardise the fundamental rights and freedoms of the territory, according to the commission’s annual report. “The Commission hopes that the approval of the State Security Bill will not affect the fundamental right … Continue reading "EC positive about Macau in 2008 report, but warns against affects on fundamental freedoms"
5 Mar, 2009
Macau, China, 5 Mar – Macau has been promoting its potential in terms of tourism since the start of the month in Taiwan with the aim of attracting more visitors to Macau, it was officially announced. The campaign launched by the Macau Tourism Office in Taipe, the capital of Taiwan, and in Taichung, will last … Continue reading "Macau promotes itself in Taiwan to attract more tourists"
5 Mar, 2009
Macau, China, 5 March – Macau Chief Executive Edmund Ho Hau Wah said Wednesday that he believed that the police “action was founded and in line with the law” when they prevented Hong Kong residents from entering the territory, according to the government’s Information Bureau reported. Ho, who was speaking to journalists before leaving for … Continue reading "Chief Executive says police action to prevent non-residents entering Macau is “founded”"
5 Mar, 2009
Macau, China, 4 Mar – The government of Macau on Monday signed an agreement with the authorities of Sichuan, which was hit in 2008 by a strong earthquake, for 10 more projects to rebuild infrastructures included in the Special Administrative Region’s support plan for this mainland Chinese province. The new projects are valued at a … Continue reading "Macau agrees to 10 more Sichuan reconstruction projects worth US$102 million"
4 Mar, 2009
Macau, China, 26 Feb – The Macau government generally respected the human rights of its citizens, according to the 2008 Human Rights Report released on Wednesday by the United States Department of State. The report however said that some problems remained, most notably limits on citizens’ ability to change their government, trafficking in persons, and … Continue reading "Macau government generally respects human rights in 2008, according to US report"
26 Feb, 2009
Macau, China, 26 Feb – The Legislative Assembly of Macau approved by majority on Wednesday a proposal national security law of the Special Administrative Region. Four months after the Chief Executive of Macau presented the proposal, the Legislative Assembly approved the national security bill with some alterations, related to reducing the minimum prison sentence for … Continue reading "Macau Legislative Assembly approves state security bill"
26 Feb, 2009
Macau, China, 25 Fev – Macau’s Statistics and Census Services (DSEC) released Tuesday its "adjusted" number of 22.9 million visitors arrivals last year, 7.2 milllion less than previously announced. Last month the Macau government had announced the record number of 30.18 million "visitors arrivals" in 2008. The new figures visitor arrival released by the Statistics … Continue reading "Macau government adjust 2008 visitor arrivals down to 22.9 million"
25 Feb, 2009
Macau, China, 20 Fev – Macau’s Secretary for Economy and Finance Francis Tam Pak Yuen said Thursday that Macau’s Immigration Department was "always" carrying out its duties in strict compliance with the Internal Security Framework Law, wich was promulgated in 2002. On Wednesday, South China Morning Post photographer Felix Wong Chi-keung was denied entry in … Continue reading "Macau Secretary says barring Hong Kong photographer in line with the law"
20 Feb, 2009
Macau, China, 20 Feb – The Chinese province of Guangdong and the Special Administrative Regions of Macau and Hong Kong are going to cooperate to develop the Pearl River Delta with the aim of turning the region into a global competitive market. The decision was made in a meeting that took place on Wednesday in … Continue reading "Guangdong, Macau and Hong Kong join forces to develop Pearl River Delta"
20 Feb, 2009
Macau, China, 19 Feb – A South China Morning Post photographer was stopped from entering Macau Wednesday – apparently the first time the city has barred a Hong Kong journalist. Felix Wong Chi-keung had been granted a Macau government permit to cover the trial of disgraced former secretary for transport and public works Ao Man-long. … Continue reading "Macau police denies entry to newspaper photographer"
19 Feb, 2009
Macau, China, 19 Feb – The former Macau Secretary for Transport and Public Works, Ao Man Long, stood trail again on Wednesday, this time related to casino work tenders, as well as granting land and public work contracts for sporting venues. The former government official was convicted in January, 2008 to 27 years in jail … Continue reading "Former Macau government official Ao Man Long stands trial on new corruption charges"
19 Feb, 2009
Macau, China, 16 Feb – The deputy governor of the Chinese province of Guangdong Wan Qingliang said there are currently 20 specialised working groups from various sectors in Beijing discussing the development of Hengqin island, in Zhuhai, located next to Macau. Hengqin occupies an area of 86 square kilometres, the largest of the 146 islands … Continue reading "China speeds up development plans for Hengqin island, next to Macau"
16 Feb, 2009
Macau, China, 13 Feb – The Macau’s Court of Final Appeal (TUI) announced Thursday that the second trial of former secretary for transport and public works Ao Man Long will start next Wednesday. Ao Man Long sentenced to 27 years in jail for corruption , money laundering, abuse of power and unjustified wealth stood accused … Continue reading "Former Macau’s secretary for transport and public works Ao Man Long to face second trial next week"
13 Feb, 2009
Macau, China, 12 Feb – Around 45 percent of Macau residents are “not interested in political affairs”, according to a survey conducted by the government’s Research Centre for Sustainable Development Strategies (CEEDS). The survey showed that 44.7 percent of Macau’s residents are “not interested in political affairs”, some 40.6 percent of the respondents said they … Continue reading "Around 45 percent of Macau residents ‘not interested in politics’, according to government survey"
12 Feb, 2009
Macau, 12 Feb – The drafting of a bill to protect Macau’s cultural heritage has been finalised and is ready for public consultations until April 30, Cultural Affairs Bureau (IC) Director Heidi Ho Lai Chun da Luz announced during a press conference on Tuesday. Heidi Ho said the scope of the 100-article bill had been … Continue reading "Drafting bill to protect Macau’s cultural heritage under consultation until the end of April"
12 Feb, 2009
Lisbon, Portugal, 9 Feb – Anibal Cavaco Silva, the President of Portugal, highlighted the “exemplary success” of Macau’s transition to China and said the role that the territory has in Portuguese-Chinese relations, as well as relations between China and Portuguese-speaking countries, is of “primordial importance”. “The Special Administrative Region of Macau (SARM), which this year … Continue reading "Macau handover was exemplary, says President of Portugal"
9 Feb, 2009
Beijing, China, 9 Feb – The President of China, Hu Jintao, showed “great appreciation” for Portugal’s role in its relations with China and the European Union in a message honouring 30 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries. “China attaches importance to Portugal’s role in the European Union and international affairs,” said Hu Jintao … Continue reading "Chinese President Hu Jintao praises Portugal’s role in China-European Union relations"
9 Feb, 2009
Macau, China, 6 Feb -The government of Macau initiated legal proceedings with the High Court of Hong Kong to recoup around US$ 27.5 million in bribe money paid to Ao Man Long, the former secretary of Public Works, that was saved in bank accounts and safety deposit boxes in the neighbouring Special Administrative Region. A … Continue reading "Macau hopes to recoup roughly US$ 28 million in bribe money received by former government official"
6 Feb, 2009