Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership
Kim Jong Il presided over a “mass meeting” held at the Pyongyang Indoor Stadium to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the CPV’s (Chinese People’s Volunteers) entry into the Korean War (also known as the Fatherland Liberation War). The CPV participated in its first battle on 25 October 1950.
The Pyongyang meeting held on Monday was attended by PRC CMC Vice Chairman, Guo Boxiong and various PRC delegation currently visiting Pyongyang. Speaking for the DPRK was NDC Vice Chairman and Minister of the People’s Armed Forces, Kim Yong Chun. KCNA:
In the Fatherland Liberation War the armies and peoples of the two countries bravely fought hand in hand and won a shining victory, thus defending the precious gains of the revolution of the two countries and greatly contributing to ensuring peace in Asia and the rest of the world, he noted.
He stressed that even after the ceasefire in Korea the CPV fighters took an active part in the postwar rehabilitation and construction, performing great labor feats.
He referred to the fact that the tradition of the DPRK-China friendship provided by President Kim Il Sung together with the leaders of the elder generation of China is developing on a new higher stage and greeting a great heyday thanks to the leaders of the two countries.
It is the steadfast policy of the WPK and the DPRK government to boost the DPRK-China friendship which stood all storms and tests of history, he said, stressing that the DPRK will in the future, too, set store by the traditional DPRK-China friendship and join the Chinese people in making positive efforts to dynamically develop the DPRK-China friendly and cooperative relations on a higher stage.
The Chinese people are now waging a dynamic struggle to build a harmonious socialist society based on the scientific outlook on development under the correct leadership of the CPC with Hu Jintao as general secretary, he noted, wishing the Chinese people greater successes in the struggle to build a harmonious and comprehensively developed socialist society and reunify the whole country under the leadership of the CPC in the future, too.
Attending the meeting with KJI were several members of the DPRK leadership, including Gen. Kim Jong Un, co-Vice Chairman of the DPRK CMC and KJI’s successor. Kim Jong Un would also attend a meeting and dinner party KJI hosted for the PRC delegations who attended the rally. Jong Un also sat for KJI’s commemorative photograph with the Chinese representatives. Yonhap reports:
Monday’s meeting with Gen. Guo Boxiong, vice chairman of China’s Central Military Commission, was held “in a cordial and friendly atmosphere,” the KCNA reported early Tuesday. The KCNA also said the Chinese official conveyed best wishes from President Hu Jintao, and Kim expressed appreciation.
Kim, the leader, later hosted a dinner for the Chinese delegation, which proceeded “in an amicable atmosphere overflowing with friendship,” the KCNA said.
Guo, a colonel general, had arrived in Pyongyang Saturday as head of a high-level military delegation to commemorate China’s 1950 participation in the Korean War to fight alongside the North against the U.S.-led allied forces. The conflict ended in a truce in 1953, leaving the two sides technically still at war.
Earlier Monday, the KCNA said that both Kims and the Chinese general watched a mass rally lauding the North’s alliance with China.
Kim welcomed the Chinese delegation of CPV veterans, senior officers and military artists to the series of events staged in the country to mark the 60th anniversary of the CPV’s Oct. 25, 1950 entry into the Korean front, a historic symbol of the DPRK-China friendship.
CPV warriors made great sacrifices, many having devoted their lives, to support the DPRK’s just struggle, and their contributions will always be remembered by the DPRK people, Kim said.
The visit marked yet another opportunity for the two neighboring nations to further deepen their traditional friendship, he said, adding that the joint commemorative services will help strengthen the close bond which should be passed on from generation to generation.
Recalling his repeated visits to China, Kim said he has reached extensive consensus with Chinese President Hu Jintao on bilateral ties and other issues of mutual concern, and expects both sides, including the two militaries, to make concerted efforts in line with these agreements.
China’s practice has proved that the routes and policies of the Communist Party of China accord with China’s realities, the DPRK leader stressed.
For his part, Guo thanked the DPRK side for its efforts in the commemorative activities, which he said reflected the great attention the DPRK attaches to the China-DPRK friendship.
Guo Boxiong conveyed to Kim Jong Il kind regards from Hu Jintao, general secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, president of the People’s Republic of China and chairman of the Central Military Commission, and presented him with a gift prepared by the delegation.
Kim Jong Il expressed deep thanks for this and asked Guo Boxiong to convey his greetings to Hu Jintao and other leading officials of the party and government of China and the fraternal Chinese people on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the entry of the CPV into the Korean front. Then he had a talk with the guests in a cordial and friendly atmosphere.
After receiving the guests, Kim Jong Il hosted a dinner in honor of them.
Present there were Ri Yong Ho, member of the Presidium of the Political Bureau of the WPK Central Committee, vice-chairman of the Party Central Military Commission and chief of the General Staff of the KPA , Kim Jong Un, vice-chairman of the WPK Central Military Commission, Kim Yong Chun, member of the Political Bureau of the WPK Central Committee, vice-chairman of the NDC of the DPRK and minister of the People’s Armed forces, Kang Sok Ju, member of the Political Bureau of the WPK Central Committee and vice-premier of the Cabinet, Jang Song Thaek, alternate member of the Political Bureau of the WPK Central Committee and vice-chairman of the NDC of the DPRK, Kim Jong Gak, alternate member of the Political Bureau of the WPK Central Committee and first vice director of the General Political Bureau of the KPA, Kim Yong Il and Kim Yang Gon, alternate members of the Political Bureau and secretaries of the WPK Central Committee, Mun Kyong Dok, alternate member of the Political Bureau and secretary of the C.C., the WPK and chief secretary of the Pyongyang City Committee of the WPK, Kim Kye Gwan, first vice minister of Foreign Affairs, and officials concerned.
The dinner proceeded in an amicable atmosphere overflowing with friendship.