Looking back at that day in Parliament, the mild-mannered academic said: "I felt deeply honored by his reference to me … deeply honored."
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.
"I can't see us throwing away all we have gained. I think the problem is that pressure is being exerted from other quarters," he added.
Born in Turramurra in Sydney's northern suburbs, Mackerras followed his elder brother to Cambridge in England.
Normalization of ties has opened a new chapter in relations between China and Gambia, Li said. President Xi Jinping held productive talks with the Gambian president on Thursday, injecting new energy into their ties, Li said.
On April 10, a job fair for inmates was held in a prison in Shaoguan, Guangdong province. More than 600 job vacancies were offered to 214 prisoners who are about to be released.
"China will never seek hegemony or engage in expansion," he said. "Only those who are accustomed to threatening others see everyone as a threat."