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Macau

: "Aomen" redirects here. For the island in the Pacific Ocean, see [Aomen (Bikini Atoll)] .
: For a topic outline on this subject, see [List of basic Macau topics] . For other uses, see [Macau (disambiguation)] .
The Macau Special Administrative Region , commonly known as Macau or Macao (, ), is one of the two [special administrative regions] of the [People's Republic of China] ; the other is [Hong Kong] . Macau lies on the western side of the [Pearl River Delta] , bordering [Guangdong province] in the north and facing the [South China Sea] in the east and south.Macau Yearbook 2007, 475. The territory has thriving industries such as textiles, electronics and toys, and a notable tourist industry.

Macau was a [Portuguese] colony and both the first and last European one in China.Fung, 5. Portuguese traders first settled in Macau in the 16th century and subsequently administered the region until the [handover on 20 December 1999] . The [Sino-Portuguese Joint Declaration] and the [Basic Law of Macau] stipulate that Macau operates with a high degree of [autonomy] until at least 2049, fifty years after the transfer.

Under the policy of " [one country, two systems] ", the [Central People's Government] is responsible for the territory's defense and foreign affairs, while Macau maintains its own [legal system] , [police force] , monetary system, customs policy, [immigration policy] , and delegates to international organisations and events.

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