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Macau, which is sometimes spelled Macao, is a special administrative region of the People's Republic of China. It was settled by the Portuguese in the 16th century and in 1887, China ceded the right of "perpetual occupation and government" of Macau. In 1974, the Salazar dictatorship was overthrown in Lisbon and the new government in Portugal relinquished all of its overseas possessions. It thrives with the tourism it gets from mainland China and a host of new casinos.



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