British Prime Minister Tony Blair expressed confidence in Macau's future under the 'one country, two systems' policy. In a congratulations letter to Chief Executive Edmund Ho Hau-wah, Mr Blair described the handover as an important moment in the history of China. 'The Sino-Portuguese Joint Declaration of 1987 provides a solid foundation for the resumption of Chinese sovereignty over Macau and for the future governance of the region. 'Judging from the Hong Kong experience so far, the British Government looks forward with confidence to the future success of Macau under the enlightened policy of 'one country, two systems'. 'We also welcome the fact that the leadership of the new SAR has been entrusted to someone of your great ability. 'I wish you and the people of Macau a successful and prosperous future,' he wrote. Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, John Battle, whose responsibilities include Hong Kong and Macau, represented Britain at the Macau celebrations. Also present were Sir Anthony Galsworthy, British Ambassador to Beijing; Sir Andrew Burns, British Consul-General in Hong Kong; and Ambassador Alan Paul, senior British representative of the Sino-British Joint Liaison Group.