A view of the harbor in Macao, China (formerly a Portuguese colony). PHOTO BY JOAN LEBOLD COHEN.
On 20 December 1999 the former Portuguese-administered territory of Macao (Aomen) reverted to Chinese rule. After Hong Kong, Macao became the second Special Administrative Region of China governed by a Basic Law or mini-constitution. The Macao Basic Law underwrites a high degree of autonomy but differs with its Hong Kong counterpart on details especially