Portugal Reclaims Macau from China

As street clashes, often violent, have been engulfing Hong Kong, we have diligently reported that Hong Kong’s Beijing-appointed executive, Carrie Lam, has asked Donald Trump to annex the theoretically semi-autonomous region (https://www.apocryphalpress.com/2019/08/13/carrie-lam-begs-trump-to-annex-hong-kong). 


However, Trump quickly rebuffed Lam because he was far too busy trying to buy Greenland.


And we also noted that Queen Elizabeth II has instructed Boris Johnson to rescue Hong Kong from China (https://www.apocryphalpress.com/2019/08/12/barr-is-appalling-queen-to-tell-johnson-to-take-back-hong-kong/).


Our East Asian correspondent, associate solitary reporter Ko Il-sun (who is based in Seoul) visited Macau earlier today. 


Macau, which occupies part of the Pearl River estuary, just west of Hong Kong, was a Portugese colony from 1557, but the Portugese, who had plenty of other things to worry about (such as giving up Goa, Angola, and Mozambique, among other colonies), transferred sovereignty of Macau (now best known for its casinos) in 1999, two years after the UK and China reached an agreement for China to get Hong Kong back while theoretically preserving a few limited aspects of the way things had been in Hong Kong under British rule.


Hong Kong became a British colony in 1841 as a result of the Opium Wars (which were not financed by Purdue Pharma or Johnson and Johnson) and in 1979 the Brits and China’s Deng Xiao-ping negotiated a deal (in which Donald Trump played no part, but if he had, Hong Kong would have at least one Trump Tower and many casinos, as well as several golf courses with numerous water hazards) to transfer Hong Kong to China in 1997 under the theory of “one country, two systems.”


But with the current unrest in Hong Kong, all bets are off, as China has never hesitated to engage in violent suppression of dissenters (as in the Tienanmen Massacure in 1989).


China ruthlessly took over Tibet in 1950 and has done its utmost to stamp out Tibetan culture. And look what China’s doing to the Uighurs in western China.


And of course Xi Jinping really wants to get his hands on Taiwan and its wealth, but the Chinese, unlike Trump, know how to wait.


Macau is the most densely populated region in the world, with 667,400 people, more than Wyoming’s 577,737.


So today, associate solitary reporter Ko met with Macau’s chief executive, Fernando Chui, while our chief international correspondent, associate solitary reporter Larry Theis, met in Lisbon with Portugal’s Prime Minister, Antonio Costa.


In a videoconference, Prime Minister Costa told Chui that beginning early next year with the Chinese New Year, Portugal will reclaim Macau, since China has demonstrated that it knows very little about how to govern.


Then, ASR Ko placed a call to China’s Central Military Commission (its head is, guess who, Xi Jinping) for ask for its response to these developments, but, as of press time, no response has been received.