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to advance ties with DPRK, President Hu Jintao says
Chinese President Hu Jintao said China will work with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) to seek continuous growth of bilateral friendly and cooperative relationship.
Hu made the pledge in talks with Kim Jong Il, general secretary of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) and chairman of the National Defense Commission of the DPRK.
Kim paid an unofficial visit to China from May 20 to 26 as guest of Hu, general secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC).
Hu extended warm welcome to Kim on behalf of the CPC, the Chinese government and the Chinese people, saying the visit fully reflects the great attention Kim and the WPK Central Committee paid to consolidating and developing China-DPRK traditional friendship and will definitely bring bilateral relationship to a higher level.
With great attention to the DPRK-China ties, Kim has paid three visits to China since May of last year and repeatedly stressed that the younger generation should pass on the DPRK-China friendship, Hu said.
Hu spoke highly of the new progress in China-DPRK relations, saying the two sides have frequently exchanged high-level visits, deepened trade and economic cooperation, sought active people-to-people exchanges, maintained close communication and coordination on Korean Peninsular situation and other major issues, and jointly safeguarded peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula.
Hu stressed the CPC and the Chinese government have always dealt with China-DPRK ties from a strategic and long-term perspective.
The Chinese side has firmly adhered to the spirit of carrying forward tradition, embracing the future, maintaining good-neighborly friendship and strengthening cooperation, and unswervingly observed the principle of consolidating and developing China-DPRK relations, Hu said.
Hu said China will work with the DPRK to boost the continuous growth of bilateral
friendly and cooperative relationship and promote regional peace, stability and
prosperity. Hu made five proposals on bilateral ties:
- Step up high-level visits
and deepen China-DPRK friendship. He welcomed DPRK
leaders to visit China.
- Make more efforts to share experiences on party building
and state governance and promote economic and social development.
mutually beneficial cooperation to benefit the two peoples.
exchanges in culture, education and sports, particularly
the exchanges among young people, to pass on China-DPRK
friendship from generation to generation.
- Increase communication
and maintain coordination on international and regional situations
as well as crucial
issues, and jointly safeguard regional
Kim expressed appreciation for Hu's warm invitation and hospitality,
saying that he fully agreed with Hu's proposals on developing relations between
two parties and countries.
He hailed the precious friendship between the two peoples, saying it is a
great historic mission for both countries to pass on friendship from generation
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the signing of the DPRK-China Treaty
of Friendship, Cooperation and Mutual Assistance. The treaty is significant
as it is an important heritage of leaders of the old generations of the two
countries, Kim said.
Kim pledged to inherit the traditions of leaders of the old generations and
make joint efforts with China to promote the stronger growth of DPRK-China
Kim invited Hu to visit the DPRK, which Hu accepted with pleasure.
During Kim's stay in Beijing, Hu also hosted a welcoming banquet in honor
Wen Jiabao, member of the Political Bureau Standing Committee of the CPC
Central Committee and Chinese premier, also met with Kim in Beijing.
Members of the Political Bureau Standing Committee of the CPC Central Committee
Jia Qinglin, Li Changchun, Xi Jinping, Li Keqiang, He Guoqiang and Zhou Yongkang
also met with Kim or accompanied him in various activities during his week-long
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