Another area of great interest to Mackerras has been China's ethnic groups, which he has written about extensively. In particular, he has taken a great interest in the Uygurs in Northwest China.
Xiong Bingqi, vice-president of the Beijing-based 21st Century Education Research Institute, said: "The scale will be helpful in unifying various kinds of English tests in China that have different standards and also in clarifying the educational objectives of English education in China."
The International Research Center for Unit 731 Issues in Harbin Academy of Social Sciences revealed new evidence of Japan's germ war atrocities after one week of research in the US. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]
"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."
Hainan has established sister relationships with 56 overseas provinces and cities worldwide, including Hawaii in the United States, South Korea's Jeju special autonomous province, Canada's Prince Edward Island, Finland's Oulu province and the state of Penang in Malaysia.