Reception marks 50th anniversary of China-Afghanistan ties

Beijing, January 21, 2005 - The Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC) and the Afghan Embassy to China held a reception in Beijing on Thursday to mark the 50th anniversary of the establishment of China-Afghanistan diplomatic relations.

Vice-Chairmen of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference Bai Lichen, President of the (CPAFFC) Chen Haosu, CPAFFC Vice-President Wang Yunze, Vice ForeignMinister Wu Dawei and Afghan Ambassador to China Qiamuddin Rai Barlas attended the reception.

Chen Haosu said China and Afghanistan, as two developing countries, share much in common, such as the same goals of developing the economy and raising living standards. Strengthening the relationship between the two countries is in the fundamental interest of both sides and is conducive to regional peace and stability.

He said China will make efforts to work with Afghanistan to contribute to the China-Afghanistan friendship, the world peace and common development.