Photograph of Macau in 1870

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Macau (113.551E 22.197N) was a small Portuguese colony (10.9 square miles or 28.2 km2) on the Chinese coast about 35 miles (55 km) west of Hong Kong. Unlike Hong Kong, the terrain is relatively flat and the anchorage was shallow and unsuitable for deep-draft ships. Though technically neutral territory throughout the Pacific War, the Japanese exerted considerable control through "advisors" whom the Portuguese administration were in no position to resist.

Deacon (1983) alleges that Macau was the site of secret negotiations between the Kuomintang and the Japanese to end the war in China in 1938.

Deacon (1983)

The World Factbook  (accessed 2010-10-8)

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