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.
It was also a time when the United States and Australia were preparing to send their troops to join the Vietnam War. "There were demonstrations in Beijing and we joined in. I was against the war anyway."
Mackerras still goes to China to teach and research music or ethnic minorities. Some of his students have done "very well in the new China", he said.
He added the party would work in order to try to form a government "with those forces that agree on the center-right's program."
In the two years since President Xi Jinping shared his views on cyberspace at a symposium on April 19, 2016, the country has seen huge growth in its internet industry.
As for his other love, traditional Chinese opera, Mackerras is delighted to see the once-banned art form staging a comeback in China in recent times.