Title: Macao Special Administrative Region of China
Population Change: 1.39
National Average Age: 39
Christian Population: 0
Introduction: Macau is an autonomous region on the south coast of China across the Pearl River Delta from Hong Kong. A Portuguese territory until 1999 it reflects a mix of cultural influences. Its giant casinos and malls on the Cotai Strip which joins the islands of Taipa and Coloane have earned it the nickname "Las Vegas of Asia." One of its more striking landmarks is 338m-high Macau Tower with sweeping city views.
Overview: Colonized by the Portuguese in the 16th century Macau was the first European settlement in the Far East. Pursuant to an agreement signed by China and Portugal on 13 April 1987 Macau became the Macau Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China on 20 December 1999. In this agreement China promised that under its \"one country two systems\" formula China's political and economic system would not be imposed on Macau and that Macau would enjoy a \"high degree of autonomy\" in all matters except foreign affairs and defense for the subsequent 50 years.