At the invitation of CAFIU, Mr. Roland Schmidt, the Secretary-General of the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung of Germany (FES) headed a delegation to visit China on February 3-11, 2007. In Beijing, Mr. Zhou Tienong, Vice-Chairman of the Chinese People¡¯s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) and CAFIU Vice-President, Mr. Zhang Zhijun, Vice-Minister of the International Department of the CPC Central Committee and CAFIU Advisor, Mr. Xu Zhenhuan, Vice-Chairman of the All China Federation of Trade Union met with the delegation respectively and Mr. Li Chengren, Executive Vice-President of CAFIU had talks with the delegation. Apart from Beijing, the delegation also visited Shanghai. Shanghai Vice-Mayor Mr. Tang Dengjie met with the delegation. In Shanghai, they also called upon the Women Federation, the Office of Legal Affairs of the People¡¯s Government of Shanghai, the Party School of Shanghai and Shanghai Institute for International Studies. During the visit, Mr. Schmidt expressed his wishes to continuously expand and deepen cooperation with CAFIU and other Chinese partners so as to help promote the relations between China and Germany.
FES has begun its cooperation with CAFIU in the beginning of the 1980¡¯s. The two organizations signed the Memorandum on Cooperation in 1987, following which FES launched its office in Beijing. Over the past 20 years, the two organizations have carried out extensive and in-depth exchanges and cooperation in the political, economic and social areas and etc. through various forms such as exchanging visits and co-hosting seminars. All these have helped enhance the friendship between the peoples of China and Germany.
One of the main purposes of Mr. Schmidt¡¯s visit this time was to attend the commemorative meeting for Twenty Years of Partnership and Cooperation which was held in Beijing. Nearly 150 people from the Chinese government organs, colleges, research institutes, trade union and other people¡¯s organizations were present. An the meeting, Mr. Li Chengren, Executive Vice-President of CAFIU and Mr. Schmidt made the key-note speeches respectively in which they spoke highly of the fruitful cooperation between FES and CAFIU as well as other Chinese partners in various fields. Mr. Li Chengren called for the two organizations to continuously make good use of their unique advantages to promote healthy and stable development of the Sino-Germany relations. Mr. Schmidt wished FES and CAFIU to continuously ¡°advance hand in hand towards success and work together for deepening Sino-Germany friendship¡±.