Launching Ceremony of the Book "CHINA-AFRICA 500" and the Chinese Bridge ― Sino-African Friendship Knowledge Competition Held in Peking University
2015/09/11

On September 10, 2015, the launching ceremony of the book "CHINA-AFRICA 500: Facts About China, Africa and Relations Between the Two"and the Chinese Bridge ― Sino-African Friendship Knowledge Competition was held in Peking University. Li Zhaoxing, President of China Public Diplomacy Association and former Chinese Foreign Minister, gave his remarks. This event is co-sponsored by the Secretariat of the Chinese Follow-up Committee of Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC), Peking University, China Public Diplomacy Association and the Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban). Over 400 people including African diplomats to China, former Chinese ambassadors to African countries, representatives of the members of the Secretariat of the Chinese Follow-up Committee of FOCAC, and experts from Chinese Research Institutes on Africa, university teachers and students, and representatives of African students in China, attended the event.

The Secretariat of the Chinese Follow-up Committee of FOCAC compiled a book "CHINA-AFRICA 500: Facts About China, Africa and Relations Between the Two", summarizing the natural, historical, cultural, political and economic conditions and the development journey and cooperation results of China-Africa relations into over 500 sentences. This book will bean important carrier and window for Chinese and African to know each other. The Chinese Bridge ― Sino-African Friendship Knowledge Competition is jointly organized by the Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban) and the Secretariat of the Chinese Follow-up Committee of FOCAC. The winners will conduct bilateral exchanges,and the Chinese winners will have opportunities to visit African countries like South Africa, Kenya or Egypt,while the African winners will have chances to visit China.

Li Zhaoxing said in his speech that good things should be in pairs. He believes that the book would further enhance understanding and friendship between the Chinese people and African people, and the Competition wouldpromote friendly exchanges between the two peoples. Li recalled his ten years of work in Africa and told vividly his own stories in Africa, calling himself a typical case of someone who has been to Africa, fallen in love with Africa, and misses Africa. He called upon young people of China and African countries to read the book, encouraged young people to participate in the competition and grow into young envoys for China-Africa friendship.

Lin Songtian, Secretary General of the Secretariat of the Chinese Follow-up Committee of FOCAC and Director General of the African Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said in his speech that this year marks the 15th anniversary of FOCAC inception, and the upcoming FOCAC Summit will be the first one held in the African continent. It will be a milestone in the history of China-Africa relations and usher the relations to a new era of win-win cooperation for common development.

Head of the African diplomatic Corps and Ambassador of Madagascar to China H.E.Sikonina Victor, Deputy Director of Peking University Board Mr. Li Qiang,Ambassador of South Africa to China H.E. Dolana Msimang, Deputy Director General of Hanban Mr. Xia Jianhuicongratulated the success of this event in their remarks and encouragedyoung people of China and Africa to participate in the competition and contribute more to the mutual understanding and friendship between China and Africa.

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