中国人民对外友好协会成立于1954年5月，它是中华人民共和国从事民间外交事业的全国性 人民团体，以增进人民友谊、推动国际合作、维护世界和平、促进共同发展为工作宗旨。它代表中 国人民在国际社会和世界各国广交深交朋友，为实现中国的和平发展与和平统一大业服务，为建设 持久和平、共同繁荣的和谐世界而努力奋斗。目前，我会已设立46个中外地区、国别友好协会， 与世界上157个国家的近500个民间团体和组织机构建立了友好合作关系。
The Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC) was established in May 1954. It is a national people’s organization in the People’s Republic of China engaged in conducting people-to-people diplomacy. It takes as its purposes to enhance people’s friendship, advance international cooperation,safeguard world peace, and promote common development. It seeks, on behalf of the Chinese people, to make friends and deepen friendship in the international community and in all countries, work for peaceful development and the great cause of reunification of China, and endeavor to build a harmonious world with lasting peace and common prosperity. To date, the CPAFFC has founded associations for friendship with 46 regions and countries, and has established friendly relations and cooperation with nearly 500 non-governmental organizations and institutions in 157 countries around the world.