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Macao SAR govt firmly opposes report by Taiwan authority

This undated file photo shows the flag of the Macao Special Administrative Region. (PHOTO / VCG)

MACAO – China's Macao Special Administrative Region on Saturday voiced firm opposition to a recent report released by the Democratic Progressive Party authority in Taiwan.

The report contains baseless and biased claims about Macao's development, and is severely lacking in its understanding of the practical situation and public sentiment in Macao, the SAR government said.

The Macao SAR will continue stringently to fulfill its constitutional responsibility to safeguard national sovereignty, security and development interests, and strongly opposes interference in Macao affairs by any external forces, the SAR government stressed.

The report contains baseless and biased claims about Macao's development, and is severely lacking in its understanding of the practical situation and public sentiment in Macao, the Macao Special Administrative Region government said

Since its return to the motherland over two decades ago, thanks to the strong support of the central government and the mainland as a whole as well as the leadership of the SAR government, Macao has maintained social stability, propelled its economy and its people's well-being, and successfully implemented the principles of "one country, two systems" and "Macao people administering Macao" and a high degree of autonomy.

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Macao's political system has benefited from substantial development and the Macao SAR has gradually optimized relevant electoral systems in accordance with the SAR's own characteristics and development needs, the SAR government said.

In line with the Basic Law and election laws of the Macao SAR, Macao has seen successful completion of elections for seven successive terms of the Legislative Assembly and five elections for the post of Chief Executive conducted in a fair, just, open and clean manner, it said.

The political rights enjoyed by Macao residents such as right to protest and to assemble have been fully respected and protected while news organizations are free to follow their own editorial initiatives, illustrating the coexistence and mutual respect among different voices in Macao, the SAR government added.

It voiced its confidence that Macao is bound to embrace a brighter future by actively taking part in and integrating with the development of the country, particularly of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area.

"Macao will surely open up new horizons and a fresh chapter for development with the firm support of the central government and the participation of the whole of the local community," said the SAR government.

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It also pledged to handle matters related to Macao-Taiwan relations in accordance with the Basic Law of the Macao SAR and the fundamental principles and policies implemented by the central government, and further promote people-to-people exchanges and cooperation between Macao and Taiwan.

The SAR government also noted that it has always worked in compliance with the law regarding applications for accreditation for the staff of Taiwan's representative office in Macao. However, the Macao office in Taiwan had to suspend operation from June 19, 2021, as the staff's applications for accreditation did not get approved.