MACAO: A Time for Circumspection

From Macao, Portuguese colony on the China coast, last week TIME Correspondent Wilson Fielder cabled:

From his banyan-shaded terrace, friendly, fleshy, Albano Oliveira, governor of Portugal's tiny colony of Macao, watched purple-sailed junks sailing in from nearby China. He recalled a passage written more than 200 years ago by an English visitor.

"Macao subsists merely by sufferance of the Chinese, who can starve the place and dispossess the Portuguese whenever they please. This obliges the governor to behave with great circumspection and carefully to avoid every circumstance that may give offense to the...

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