The president called for more energy and more concrete measures in deepening reform in all areas, expanding opening-up, applying a new vision of development, promoting high-quality economic development and developing a modernized economy, so as to better demonstrate the vitality of the socialist market economy.
"Today, the creativity of the Chinese people is being unleashed to an extent like never before, which has been enabling our country to develop rapidly and stride forward at the forefront of the world," Xi said.
Cameroonian President Paul Biya voiced his hope for Xi's every success in fulfilling the noble mission, and said he would like to work with Xi in strengthening the unique friendship and cooperation between Cameroon and China.
"The Chinese people share a common belief that it is never allowed and it is absolutely impossible to separate any inch of our great country's territory from China," Xi added.
Mackerras found the whole experience in China challenging in the early days. "But I got to love the place and that love has never left me."
"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."