Chinese President Xi Jinping addresses China International Friendship Conference in Commemoration of the 60th Anniversary of the Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC)
President Xi Jinping attended China International Friendship Conference in Commemoration of the 60th Anniversary of the Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC) at the Great Hall of the People, on May 15, and delivered a keynote speech stressing friendship between peoples as a vital force to promote world peace and development, and the sincerity of Chinese people to live in amity with people around the world, to seek harmonious development and to jointly advance the lofty cause of peace and development for humanity. He called on innovative and exploratory approaches to be employed by people-to-people diplomacy for multi-field, multi-channel and multi-level international exchanges.
On behalf of the Chinese government and people, President Xi extended warm congratulations on the opening of the meeting and paid tribute to international friends who cherish friendship and love peace, as well as friends around the world who have been providing sympathy and support for China’s revolution, construction and reform.
Xi said friendship between peoples is a vital force to promote world peace and development, as well as a precondition to realize win-win cooperation. Peoples in all countries should strengthen friendly exchanges and join hands in the face of a complicated international situation and severe global challenges. In the process of realizing nation’s great rejuvenation, China will along with countries around the world advance the realization of their people’s dreams. China will continue opening up to the outside world, advance mutually beneficial cooperation, promote the building of Silk Road economic belt and the Maritime Silk Road in the 21st century, and champion the joint creation and sharing of development opportunities among nations. China will enhance Sino-foreign cultural exchanges and make contributions to the advancement of human civilization.
Xi stressed that the Chinese is a peace-loving nation, and has been pursuing and promoting the unswerving beliefs in peach, amity and harmony. There's no gene for invasion and seeking global hegemony in Chinese people's blood; Chinese people won't follow the logic that "might is right,” and are willing to live in amity with people around the world, seek harmonious development, and to jointly strive for peace, protect peach and share peace. China will firmly stick to the path of peaceful development, and will insist that other countries all stick to the path of peaceful development.
President Xi Jinping stated that we should work together to enhance exchanges and mutual learning among civilizations to safeguard world peace and advance common development of all countries. People-to-people is the most profound force of advancing exchanges and mutual learning among civilizations. We should boost learning about each other, mutual understanding, mutual support and mutual assistance, through promoting exchanges and mutual learning activities among civilizations that are cross-national-border, cross-time-and-space and cross-civilizations, uphold the idea of peace in the mind of people around the world, and forge the powerful force of preventing and opposing war and of promoting common development.
Xi added that CPAFFC, in adherence to China’s independent foreign policy of peace, has played an irreplaceable role in promoting China's friendship with other countries, and its 60-year development has showcased the power of people-to-people engagement in promoting world peace and development, and its important role in China's overall diplomacy. President Xi expressed the hope that CPAFFC will make persistent efforts further boosting people-to-people diplomacy, city diplomacy and public diplomacy, and make bigger contribution to the undertaking conducted by the Chinese public of promoting friendship with other countries.
Xi called on innovative and exploratory approaches to be employed by people-to-people diplomacy for multi-field, multi-channel and multi-level international exchanges. We should win friends and obtain understanding by sincerity, honesty and openness. We should explore more exchange channel and build more cooperation platforms steering organizations at home and abroad and outstanding talents to participate in China’s modernization endeavor in a variety of forms. We should further strengthen the efforts of building more sister cities and promote exchanges between localities; place importance on public diplomacy, well communicate the Chinese voice, tell Chinese stories effectively, and present to the world a real, multi-dimensional and complete image of China.
At last, President Xi said that everything is possible as long as we have dreams, pursuits and dedications backed up with great efforts. Chinese people have dream, and people around the world have their dreams. It will bring boundless vitality and great prospect to the world. Let’s join in hands to work together for our dreams, and for advancing the lofty cause of peace and development of humanity.
At the conference, Li Xiaolin, President of CPAFFC reviewed 60 years of history and development of CPAFFC, and expressed confidence in writing new chapters of making friends and deepening friendship in the international community and various countries around the world for the cause of human progress and solidarity, under the banner of “friendship, peace, cooperation and development.”
Her Royal Highness Princess Salote Mafile’o Pilolevu Tuita of Tonga, Japan’s former Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama, San Marino-China Friendship Association President Terenzi, former Chairman of the AU Commission and former Foreign Minister Jean Ping of Gabon, and United States ex-President Richard Nixon’s grandson, Mr. Cox addressed at the ceremony. They expressed appreciation for China to develop friendly and cooperative ties with countries around the world on the basis of mutual respect, equality and mutual benefits, commended China’s constructive role as a great power in maintaining world peace and promoting common development, expressed hope that CPAFFC could make bigger contribution to promoting Sino-foreign mutual understanding and friendship, and appealed to the people around the world to uphold the concepts of peace, fraternity and cooperation, together creating a better future for the world.
Chen Changzhi, Vice Chairman of the NPC, NPC Vice Chairman Arken Imirbaki, Wang Jiarui, Vice-Chairman of CPPCC, heads of relevant ministries, people's organizations and CPAFFC provincial associations, people who have long been engaged in people-to-people diplomacy, as well as representatives of friendly organizations and individuals around the world numbering 850 attended the Conference.
Before the meeting, President Xi Jinping met with foreign representatives at the meeting.
Founded on May 3, 1945, the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC) is a national people’s organization engaged in people-to-people diplomacy of the People’s Republic of China. It has set up 46 China-regional or China-national friendship organizations, established relationship of friendly cooperation with nearly 500 non-governmental organizations and institutions in 157 countries, and coordinated in establishing 2106 pairs of sister province-state and city relationships between China and 133 countries.