Tourists take photos at the Ruins of St Paul's in Macau on December 13. In addition to religion and culture, Portugal brought to its colony a continental European civil law system. Photo: Nora TamTourists take photos at the Ruins of St Paul's in Macau on December 13. In addition to religion and culture, Portugal brought to its colony a continental European civil law system. Photo: Nora Tam
Tourists take photos at the Ruins of St Paul's in Macau on December 13. In addition to religion and culture, Portugal brought to its colony a continental European civil law system. Photo: Nora Tam
Jerome A. Cohen
Opinion

Opinion

Jerome A. Cohen

Macau and Hong Kong are too different for Beijing to treat them like peas in a pod

  • Their different colonial histories bequeathed to Hong Kong and Macau different legal heritages that influenced their populations’ expectations of the government
  • While Portugal offered Macau residents full citizenship, it also paved the way for Beijing to embed its officials in Macau’s postcolonial civil service and legal system

Tourists take photos at the Ruins of St Paul's in Macau on December 13. In addition to religion and culture, Portugal brought to its colony a continental European civil law system. Photo: Nora TamTourists take photos at the Ruins of St Paul's in Macau on December 13. In addition to religion and culture, Portugal brought to its colony a continental European civil law system. Photo: Nora Tam
Tourists take photos at the Ruins of St Paul's in Macau on December 13. In addition to religion and culture, Portugal brought to its colony a continental European civil law system. Photo: Nora Tam
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