Brief Introduction of the Chinese Association for
International Understanding (CAFIU)
Established in 1981, the Chinese Association for International Understanding (CAFIU) is composed by social activists, scholars and representatives from all walks of life. CAFIU is registered as a non-profit organization with the Ministry of Civil Affairs, and acquired special consultative status with UN ECOSOC in May, 2003. The Executive Council is CAFIU¡¯s highest organ of power, which is elected every five years. The Secretariat is responsible for day-to-day work. The 11th Executive Council was elected in April of 2014, boasting 148 members that come from political parties, government organs, academic institutions, cultural and art circle, media, NGOs and business sector. The current president is Mme. Yan Junqi, Vice-Chairwoman of the Standing Committee of the National People¡¯s Congress and Chairwoman of the Central Committee of China Association for Promoting Democracy.
Principle: Aiming at ¡°letting the world understand China, and letting China understand the world¡±, CAFIU serves as a platform for dialogue and communications. It is committed to enhancing mutual understanding and friendly cooperation between China and other countries, safeguarding world peace, promoting common development, and building a harmonious world of enduring peace and common prosperity.
Focus: Concerned with new trends and features in political, economic and cultural fields, CAFIU focuses its activities on international relations, party politics, economic cooperation, culture, education, poverty-alleviation and development, as well as people-to-people exchanges.
Forms of Cooperation: The cooperation between CAFIU and its partners takes various forms, including exchange of visits and study tours, organizing high-level dialogues for domestic and overseas participants, organizing and participating in bilateral and multilateral international activities, assisting foreign NGOs¡¯ activities in China for public interest, and supporting Chinese NGOs in international exchanges and poverty-alleviation programs.
Partners: CAFIU is willing to conduct friendly exchanges and cooperation with organizations and institutions in all countries of the world. At present, its major partners are governments, parliaments, political parties and NGOs in Asia, Africa and Europe. Since its founding, CAFIU has established ties and conducted exchanges with associations, political organizations and research institutes of dozens of countries, as well as well-known international organizations. CAFIU also participates in the activities with UN entities, and keeps regular contact with some international organizations.
Journal: CAFIU has issued its journal ¡°Internationa Understanding¡± since 1981, a Chinese-English bilingual quarterly.