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Signs of life

This Golden Week was carefully prepared, with the authorities avoiding launching excessive forecasts and expectations, which later always proved to be out of step with the harsh reality of Macau. Apparently, these precautions paid off, as the daily average of visitors…
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Booby-trapped sea

Thucydides’ Trap is a concept created by Graham T. Allison, which mirrors the tendency towards war when an emerging power threatens to replace the dominant power – as between Athens and Sparta. Xi Jinping assures that this will not happen, explaining to the United…
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No escape

On the way to internationalization, Hong Kong says goodbye to the quarantine and makes a strategy that allows it to open up to the world. A change that, when supported by Beijing, predicts a turning point in current politics at the national level. To end this tough chapter…
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Gordian knot

Who would have imagined, half a dozen years ago, that the world would be experiencing accelerated inflation today, in an endless “war” against Covid-19 and the invasion of Ukraine, exposing the illusion of stability raised by the fall of the Berlin Wall. The worst…
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Cynicism serves the soft power

The worst mistake that can be made, in the context of the new world order, is to confuse the useful cynicism with which peace in the Taiwan Strait is managed with the madness of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. One thing has nothing to do with the other. And the narrative…
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Autonomy strategy

Beijing has given Hong Kong freedom to shelve its dynamic zero-case policy and set its reopening timings to the world. The news was first reported by the Post, and later confirmed by Huang Liquan, deputy director of the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Department of the State…
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Discriminatory bridge

PLATAFORMA was present at the event “Think Thanks Forum between China and Portuguese-speaking Countries”, held this week, organized by the Commissariat of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China in the MSAR and the Polytechnic University of Macau. Firstly, praise the…
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China as it is

The pandemic has given China the context – and pretext – to accelerate Macau’s transition to an increasingly nationalist political culture. The literal interpretation of the National Security Law implies loss of rights, freedoms and guarantees. It happened in the…
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Macau not like this

I return after three weeks in Portugal, where the Covid-19 pandemic already has (very) little impact on everyday life. In fact, in Europe, this is the feeling that proliferates. As we start moving further east, in Taipei, we are reminded of the nightmare the virus still…
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Shadows in the Strait

There is a question in the air for which it is not possible to see a complete answer. In the midst of the Russian invasion of Ukraine; with the economic crisis rapidly accelerating, with exacerbated nationalism proliferating around the world, with international tension over…