Museu do Oriente, in Lisbon, is marking the 30th anniversary of the Sino-Portuguese Joint Declaration on the Future of Macau with a conference to be held on April 4.

The Joint Declaration was signed in the Chinese capital, Beijing, on April 13, 1987, by the Prime-Ministers of China and Portugal. The document settled the terms regulating the return of Macau to China, opening a new cycle of diplomatic relations between Portugal and China, says a note in the museum’s website.

The organisers invited a group of individuals with experience in the field of Sino-Portuguese relations — including diplomats, academics and journalists — to take part in next week’s conference and share their views mainly on three topics: the negotiations of the Joint Declaration; the transition period in Macau; and the future of ties between Portugal and China.

The conference start at 10 am, with an opening session that includes a keynote speech by Portugal’s Foreign Affairs Minister Augusto Santos Silva. Three other panels will be held throughout the day before the closing session, at 5 pm, with a keynote speech by former Portuguese President Jorge Sampaio.

The detailed programme can be found here.