Greeting from the President
It is the start of a new cycle as spring returns and all things come back to life. The new year 2021 marks the centenary of the founding of the Communist Party of China. On this occasion, I would like to extend my best wishes on behalf of all my colleagues in Beijing China-Africa Friendly Economic and Trade Development Foundation to all senior officers, diplomats from African countries and countries along the Belt and Road Route to China, governments at all levels, international organizations, Chinese-funded institutions and private enterprises who are always concerned about our Foundation.
Looking back on the year 2020, it was an ordinary year and also an extraordinary one. It was an ordinary year in that all of us were still working tirelessly at our posts, as we always do, for economic and trade cooperation between China and the rest of the world. It was an extraordinary year in that the sudden onset of the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted all people's lives and even exacerbated the evolution of the world pattern. The fight against the virus has made us realize that the international community must unite and cooperate to mount a collective response, and has made it even more urgent to build a global community with a shared future. Unity and cooperation are the most potent weapon to overcome the pandemic. The Foundation will keep on working with friends from all walks of life in the days to come to tackle risks and challenges of the post-epidemic era, promote the comprehensive partnership between China, African countries and all countries along the Belt and Road.
Looking ahead to the year 2021, our great Chinese Communist Party will celebrate its centenary in the blossoming month of July. Over the past hundred years, the Party has led our people to achieve world-renowned achievements through arduous struggles. As President Xi Jinping has said, China's development brings opportunities to the whole world. In the future, China will continue to create a friendly international environment and develop deeper and wider international cooperation.
Mr. Zhang Yi
President of China-Africa Friendly Economic and
Trade Development Foundation