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KJI Meets with PRC Delegation

Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Dejiang (L, front), also head of a Chinese delegation to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Treaty of Friendship, Cooperation and Mutual Assistance Between China and Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) talks with Kim Jong Il (R, front), top leader of the DPRK during a banquet, in Pyongyang, DPRK, July 12, 2011. (Xinhua/Zhang Li)

Fresh from his trip to the Central Zoo, Kim Jong Il met with the PRC delegation, head by Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Dejiang.  KCNA reported:

Present there were Vice-Chairmen of the Central Military Commission of the WPK Kim Jong Un and Ri Yong Ho, Member of the Political Bureau and Secretary of the WPK C.C. Choe Thae Bok, Member of the Political Bureau of the WPK C.C. and Vice-Premier of the Cabinet Kang Sok Ju, Alternate Member of the Political Bureau of the WPK C.C. and Vice-Chairman of the NDC Jang Song Thaek, Alternate Members of the Political Bureau and Secretaries of the WPK C.C., Kim Yong Il and Kim Yang Gon, First Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs Kim Kye-kwan and Chairman of the Joint Venture and Investment Committee Ri Su Yong.

The heads of the delegations presented gifts to Kim Jong Il and Kim Jong Un.

On the occasion Zhang Dejiang said it was a great event in the history of the bilateral relations that Premier Zhou Enlai and President Kim Il Sung signed the treaty on July 11, 1961 50 years ago.

He paid highest tribute to Kim Jong Il who has made an undying contribution to steadily boosting the Sino-DPRK friendly and cooperative relations.

The Chinese party and government will steadfastly carry forward the baton of the traditional and special Sino-DPRK friendship and honestly implement the wide-ranging agreements reached between the top leaders of the two countries, he noted.

Welcoming the DPRK visit of the Chinese friendship delegations, Kim Jong Il said over the past half a century since the treaty was concluded the two parties and the two governments have supported and closely cooperated with each other in political, military, economic, cultural and other fields in the spirit of the treaty and powerfully demonstrated before the world the tremendous vitality of the DPRK-China friendship which remains unchanged no matter how much water flow under the bridge and no matter how frequently a generation is replaced by another.
Kim Jong Il hosted a dinner for the guests.

Present there on invitation were Zhang Dejiang, member of the Political Bureau of the C.C., the Communist Party of China and vice-premier of the State Council, Li Shenglin, minister of Transport, Wang Yulin, governor of the Jilin Provincial People’s Government, Liu Hongcai, Chinese ambassador to the DPRK, the deputy secretary-general of the State Council, Chen Jian, vice-minister of Commerce, the assistant to the Foreign Minister, Yang Yanyi, assistant to the head of the International Liaison Department of the CPC C.C., Wu Donghe, chairman of the China-Korea Friendship Association, and Jing Dunquan, vice-chairman of the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries.

Kim Jong Il (R, front), top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), shakes hands with Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Dejiang (L, front), also head of a Chinese delegation to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Treaty of Friendship, Cooperation and Mutual Assistance Between China and the DPRK in Pyongyang, DPRK, on July 12, 2011. (Xinhua/Zhang Li)

Xinhua reported:

Top leader Kim Jong Il of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and visiting Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Dejiang pledged here Tuesday to further strengthen the friendly relations between the two neighboring nations.

During a meeting with Kim, Zhang stressed that on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Treaty of Friendship, Cooperation and Mutual Assistance Between China and the DPRK, his visit was aimed at conveying the friendly sentiment of the Chinese people to their DPRK counterparts and pushing forward the bilateral friendly and cooperative relationship.

Citing Kim’s three trips to China since early last year, Zhang said that the visits and Kim’s meetings with Chinese President Hu Jintao infused strong power into the development of the bilateral relations.

Beijing is ready to work with Pyongyang to constantly deepen their communications and cooperation in various fields and further boost the DPRK-China friendship, said the Chinese vice premier, who arrived here Sunday with a delegation.

While extending his welcome to the Chinese guests, Kim said that his recent visits to China were successful and that the DPRK and China should make concerted efforts to promote their traditional friendship.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-il (C, front row) poses with a Chinese Communist Party delegation led by Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Dejiang in Pyongyang on July 12. Kim's son and heir apparent Jong-un (second from L, front row) was on hand. This year marks the 50th anniversary of a friendship and cooperation treaty between the two nations. (KCNA-Yonhap)

Zhang also met with SPA Presidium President Kim Yong Nam (Kim Yo’ng-nam) during his visit to the country.  Xinhua reported:

China and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Tuesday pledged to continue to promote bilateral ties and friendship.

The China-DPRK friendship has been greatly enhanced over recent years thanks to the care and attention of top leaders from both nations as well as the joint efforts of both sides, said visiting Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Dejiang.

Heading a Chinese delegation, Zhang arrived here Sunday to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Treaty of Friendship, Cooperation and Mutual Assistance Between China and the DPRK.

By commemorating the 50th anniversary of the treaty, China and the DPRK aim to further consolidate their friendship so as to benefit the two peoples and make greater contributions to regional peace and development, Zhang said while meeting with Kim Yong Nam, president of the Presidium of the DPRK Supreme People’s Assembly, at Mansudae Assembly Hall.

China is willing to maintain close communications and coordination with the DPRK to safeguard the peace and stability of the Korean Peninsula, Zhang said.

China also sincerely wished that the DPRK could make greater achievements in its national development, Zhang said.

Kim said the visit by Zhang and the Chinese delegation showed that the Chinese government has attached great importance to the development of DPRK-China ties.

Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Dejiang (L, Front), also head of a Chinese delegation to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Treaty of Friendship, Cooperation and Mutual Assistance Between China and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), meets with Kim Yong Nam (R, Front), president of the Presidium of the DPRK Supreme People's Assembly, at Mansudae Assembly Hall in Pyongyang, DPRK, July 12, 2011. (Xinhua/Zhang Li)

KCNA reported:

Kim Yong Nam, member of Presidium of the Political Bureau of the C.C. of the Workers’ Party of Korea and president of the Presidium of the Supreme People’s Assembly of the DPRK, met with the Chinese friendship delegation led by Zhang Dejiang, member of the Political Bureau of the C.C. of the Communist Party of China and vice-premier of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China, which paid a courtesy call on him at the Mansudae Assembly Hall Tuesday and had a friendly talk with it.

Zhang said Premier Zhou Enlai and President Kim Il Sung signed the Sino-DPRK treaty of friendship, cooperation and mutual assistance, laying a solid foundation for the steady development of the Sino-DPRK friendship.

He reiterated his will to make positive efforts for the development of the Sino-DPRK relations, a legacy bequeathed by the revolutionaries of the elder generations of the two countries and the common treasure.

He hoped that the Korean people would register great successes in the building of a thriving country on the occasion of the centenary of birth of President Kim Il Sung under the leadership of the WPK headed by General Secretary Kim Jong Il.

Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Dejiang (L, Front), also head of a Chinese delegation to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Treaty of Friendship, Cooperation and Mutual Assistance Between China and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), meets with Kim Yong Nam (R, Front), president of the Presidium of the DPRK Supreme People's Assembly, at Mansudae Assembly Hall in Pyongyang, DPRK, July 12, 2011. (Xinhua/Zhang Li)

On July 12 (Tuesday), Zhang and the delegation also visited Kim Il-so’ng University’s E-Library, the Taedonggang Combined Fruit Farm and other sites during their stay.  KCNA reported:

The Chinese friendship delegation led by Zhang Dejiang, member of the Political Bureau of the C.C., the Communist Party of China and vice-premier of the State Council, visited the Taedonggang Combined Fruit Farm Tuesday.
Being briefed on the farm the guests toured different places of the farm.

On the same day, the delegation toured the E-Library and the Indoor Swimming Pool at Kim Il Sung University.

Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Dejiang (L) and Choe Tae Bok, Chairman of supreme people's assembly of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) attend a ceremony marking the 50th anniversary of the signing of the DPRK-China Treaty of Friendship, Cooperation and Mutual Assistance in Pyongyang, capital of DPRK on July 11, 2011. (Xinhua/Zhang Li)

The Korean Workers’ Party hosted a banquet for the 50th anniversary of the DPRK-China Treaty(…) at the People’s Palace of Culture.  Xinhua reported:

Present at the banquet, held at People’s Palace of Culture of Pyongyang by DPRK-China Friendship Association, were Choe Thae Bok, chairman of DPRK’s Supreme People’s Assembly (SPA) and Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK), Deputy Premier Ro Du Chol and Chairperson of the Korean Committee for Cultural Relations with Foreign Countries Kim Jong Suk.

In his speech, Zhang said that developing China-DPRK friendship and cooperation is in the fundamental interests of the two peoples.

China-DPRK friendship has stood severe tests of the volatile international situation, demonstrating its enormous vitality, he said.

China is ready to work with the DPRK to implement the important consensus reached by leaders of the two countries and elevate bilateral ties to a higher level, said Zhang.

Kim Jong Suk, for her part, said that it is the DPRK’s consistent policy to carry on the traditional DPRK-China friendship from generation to generation.

Extending her congratulations on the significant achievements since the founding of the Communist Party of China 90 years ago, Kim wished China greater success in the course of thoroughly applying the Scientific Outlook on Development and building a moderately prosperous society in all respects.

In Beijing on Tuesday, DPRK Minister of Public Health and Chairman of the CC Korea-China Friendship Association, Choe Chang Sik met with Chen Zongxing.  Xinhua reports:

Chen Zongxing, vice chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, met here Tuesday with Choe Chang Sik, chairman of the Central Committee of the Korea-China Friendship Association.

Choe Chang Sik, also minister of public health of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), is here as guest of the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC).

Yang Hyong-sop (front), a vice president of the Presidium of North Korea's Supreme People's Assembly, arrives at the airport in Beijing on July 12 prior to his flight back home. A North Korean delegation, led by Yang, visited China for four days to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the North Korea-China treaty of friendship, cooperation and mutual assistance. (Yonhap)

Also on Tuesday, Yang Hyong Sop (Yang Hyo’ng-sop) and the DPRK’s friendship delegation returned from their brief sojourn to China.  KCNA:

The DPRK friendship delegation led by Yang Hyong Sop, vice-president of the Presidium of the Supreme People’s Assembly, returned home on Tuesday after visiting China at the invitation of its government to attend the commemorations of the 50th anniversary of the DPRK-China treaty of friendship, cooperation and mutual assistance.

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