Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries

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The Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC) is one of the three major foreign affairs organizations of the People's Republic of China. It aims to promote friendship and mutual understanding between the Chinese people and foreign nations.[1]

The organisation was founded in May 1954. Its current chairperson is Li Xiaolin, daughter of Li Xiannian, former President of China.[1]

Key people[edit]

Honorary Chair

The 1st CPAFFC Committee included Guo Moruo, Zhao Puchu, Ma Yinchu, Mao Dun, Cao Yu, Lao She, Xia Yan, Tian Han, Ding Xilin, He Lvting, Ma Sicong, Mei Lanfang, Huang Xianfan, Jiao Juyin, Yang Hansheng, Zhou Yang, Hu Yuzhi, Fan Changjiang, Zhu Kezhen, Qian Duansheng, Qian Weichang, Hua Luogeng, etc.[4]


The People's Republic of China was founded on October 1, 1949. Aware that State to State relations must first be based on friendship and on cultural, sporting and economic exchanges, China created in 1954 an organization which will be later known as the “Chinese people Association for friendship with foreign countries (CPAFFC) ”.

60th anniversary[edit]

On May 2014, China celebrated the 60th anniversary of its public diplomacy. The association has invited 350 participants from around the world, and 300 personalities from the Chinese political, economic and cultural fields. The celebrations lasted 3 days, with a meeting at the National Popular Assembly with a long address by President XI Jinping, the inauguration of a Public Diplomacy Museum, the presentation of an upcoming broadcast of 8 documentaries, the publication of a book and the edition of a stamp. A special gala evening with 600 invitees was filmed and will be broadcast on national television channels. To mark the event, 9 foreign people were chosen to represent the friendly exchanges of the sixties years of Chinese public diplomacy: 1. Mr. Glen BENEDA (1924-2010) USA, pilot of the US Flying Tigers 2. Mr. Kwarkanath S. KOTNIS (1910-1942) Indian, doctor 3. Mr. Rewi ALLEY (1897-1987) New Zealand, engineer 4. Mr. Ivan ARKHIPOV (1907-1998), Soviet Union, President Assistant of the Council of Ministers of the Soviet Union 5. Mr. Quinim PHOLSENA (1915-1963) Laos, Minister of Foreign Affairs 6. Mr. Shain SANTOS, Brazilian, lawyer 7. Mr. Gian Franco TERENZI, San Marino, former President of San Marino (1988, 2000 and 2006) 8. Mr. Jean PING, Gabon, former President of the Commission of the African Union (2008-2012) 9. Mr. Hiria OTTINO, French Polynesia, Delegate of International Affairs of the Office of the President

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Foreign Affairs Organisations", Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China, November 15, 2000, retrieved April 30, 2011.
  2. ^ Chu Tunan, China Vitae. Retrieved 9 November 2013.
  3. ^ Itoh, Mayumi (2012). Pioneers of Sino-Japanese Relations: Liao and Takasaki. Palgrave Macmillan. p. 152. ISBN 1137027355. 
  4. ^ CPAFFC, Chinese Wikipedia. Retrieved 9 November 2013.

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