He also extended his gratitude to the Chinese government and people for their support and help. Gambia is at a vital stage of economic and social development and hopes to obtain help from China, Barrow said.
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.
China is a socialist state under the people's democratic dictatorship led by the working class and based on the alliance of workers and peasants, said Xi, noting that all power in the country belongs to the people.
BEIJING — The draft amendment to China's Constitution is scheduled to be submitted to the national legislature for deliberation Monday, which is expected to enshrine Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era in the fundamental law.
In 1964, Mackerras went to China for the first time. Over the past five decades, he has visited China over 60 times and has made tireless efforts to present a real China to Australia and the world based on his personal experience of China's development and progress, Xi said.