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also Ma·cao  (mə-kou′)
A city and administrative region of southeast China comprising the Macau Peninsula and two offshore islands in the South China Sea west of Hong Kong. A Portuguese trading post was established here in 1557 and became a free port in 1849. Macau was a Portuguese overseas province until 1999, when it reverted to Chinese sovereignty. It has a large tourism industry and many casinos.
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(Placename) the Portuguese name for Macao
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1. a former Portuguese overseas territory in S China, comprising a peninsula in the Zhu Jiang delta and two adjacent islands: a special administrative region of China since 1999. 426,400; 6 sq. mi. (16 sq. km).
2. the capital of this region.
Portuguese, Macáu.
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Noun1.Macáu - a former Portuguese province on the south coast of China and two islands in the South China SeaMacau - a former Portuguese province on the south coast of China and two islands in the South China Sea; reverted to China in 1999
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He also held key roles with Cable and Wireless Plc, including managing director of C&W Wholesale & Enterprise businesses, and non-executive chairman of CTM - a full-service telecommunications provider in the Macau special administrative region of China.
(MHI), in collaboration with ITOCHU Corporation, has concluded an agreement with the Transportation Infrastructure Office (GIT) of Macau to supply an additional 48 cars for the Macau Light Rapid Transit (MLRT) system now being constructed under an initiative of the government of the Macau Special Administrative Region (MSAR) of the People's Republic of China.
(18) Basic Law of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China, 3d Sess, 7th National People's Congress ("NPC"), 4 April 1990, art 2, reprinted in 29 ILM 1511, online: <> [HK Basic Law]; Lei Basica da Regiao Administrativa Especial de Macau da Republica Popular da China [Basic Law of the Macau Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China], 1st Sess, 8th NPC, 31 March 1993, art 2 (unofficial English translation available online: <>) [Macau Basic Law].
"RMB" means the lawful currency of the People's Republic of China (for the purpose of the Supplemental Agreement, excludes Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau Special Administrative Region)
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