Namibian President Hage Geingob said under Xi's leadership, China has achieved rapid economic and social development and has made remarkable achievements in the country's buildup, and China is on its way to building a prosperous, strong, democratic, culturally advanced, harmonious and beautiful socialist modernized major country.
Barrow said his country has attached great importance to relations with China and will stick to the one-China policy. Gambia is willing to promote cooperation in agriculture, infrastructure, tourism and other fields, he said.
He pledged to follow the guide of Marxism-Leninism, Mao Zedong Thought, Deng Xiaoping Theory, the Theory of Three Represents, the Scientific Outlook on Development, the Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era.
Mackerras studied the Tang Dynasty (618-907) for his MLitt at the University of Cambridge in 1964 and wrote his PhD on Chinese opera at the Australian National University in Canberra in 1970.
The standard applies to all-levels of English learners from elementary school to university and focuses on students' ability in everyday practical language, broader communication skills and understanding of the culture in English-speaking places.
The standards can also guide the country's reforms in various English language tests, so they will be more focused on testing students' practical skills in using English, rather than skills in taking tests, he added.
Mackerras' love for music, both Western and Chinese, comes from his family, especially on his mother's side.
Mackerras' brother, the late Sir Charles Mackerras, was a distinguished conductor and a world authority on the operas of Janacek and Mozart, and the comic operas of Gilbert and Sullivan.