Macau given link role
China and seven Portuguesespeaking
countries have signed a
trade co-operation pact in Macau,
establishing the former Portuguese
territory as a link between
the two sides. The group, which
comprises China, Brazil, Portugal,
Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea Bissau,
Mozambique and East Timor,
set up a permanent secretariat in
Macau for follow-up activities and
to prepare for the second forum in
Macau in 2006.
The agreement is the first of its
kind between China and one of the
world's language communities.
Portuguese is spoken by an estimated
220m people in eight countries
on four continents.