"Although I don't sing myself, I am also very passionate about music, especially Chinese and Western opera," Mackerras said. "I think some people probably found it surprising that a Westerner should take so much interest in a kind of opera that sounds very strange to Western ears."
At the Boao Forum for Asia that was concluded last week, President Xi Jinping pledged to the world that China will continue to increase its openness and expand cooperation.
In years gone by, the media was awashed with cases of dog bites, dogs terrorizing people in public, dog poo all over, dogs barking incessantly in residential neighborhoods depriving residents of sleep, etc.
"When I first went to China, Australia was referred to as the 'running dog of US imperialism' and we had very little to do with China. Today, China is too big, too powerful to ignore."
The event was held in Zhengzhou, the capital city of Henan province, by the Summit for Entrepreneurs across the Taiwan Straits.
The standard, jointly issued by the ministry and the State Language Commission, defines three categories of English language ability-basic, intermediate and advanced-with nine levels altogether, a statement on the ministry's website said.
It is the people who have created the history and they are the real heroes, Xi said. As long as people have confidence, the country will have a future and power.