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PLA Foreign Affairs Delegation Visits DPRK

National Defense Commission Vice Chairman and Minister of the People's Armed Forces, VMar Kim Yong Chun (front row, C) poses for a commemorative photograph with Maj. Gen. Qian Lihua (front row, 4th L) and PRC Ambassador to the DPRK Liu Hongcai (4th R) on 6 April 2012 (Photo: KCNA)

A delegation of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army [PLA] foreign affairs department, led by Maj. Gen. Qian Lihua visited the DPRK.  Maj. Gen. Qian was reported as having previously visited the DPRK in October 2010, along with Central Military Commission Vice Chairman, Guo Boxiong, on the 60th anniversary of China’s participation in the Fatherland Liberation (Korean) War.  He also led a delegation of PLA foreign affairs officials in  September 2009.  After arriving in the country, Maj. Gen. Qian and his delegation brought a floral basket to the equestrian statue of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il at Mansudae Art Studio, visited KIS’ birthplace in Mangyo’ngdae and the Friendship Tower on 5 April (Thursday).

A delegation of the Chinese People's Liberation Army foreign affairs service poses at Kim Il Sung's birthplace at Mangyo'ngdae on 5 April 2012 (Photo: KCNA)

KCNA reports:

The delegation of the diplomatic officials of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army led by Major General Qian Lihua, director of the Foreign Affairs Office of the Ministry of National Defense, visited Mangyongdae on Thursday.

The delegation members at the old home of President Kim Il Sung viewed the relics preserved carefully, being briefed on the revolutionary history of President Kim Il Sung and his family.

The delegation head made an entry in the visitor’s book.

They on the same day laid bouquets of flowers at the bust of anti-Japanese woman hero Kim Jong Suk at the revolutionary Martyrs Cemetery on Mt. Taesong before paying a silent tribute to her and looking around the cemetery.

They also visited the Friendship Tower.

Maj. Gen. Qian Lihua signs a guestbook after touring Kim Il Sung's birthplace and childhood home at Mangyo'ngdae in west Pyongyang on 5 April 2012 (Photo: KCNA)

Members of a delegation of the Chinese Ministry of National Defense (PLA) foreign affairs department pay their respects to memorial equestrian statues of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il at Mansudae Art Studio in central Pyongyang on 5 April 2012 (Photo: KCNA)

On Friday (6 April), Maj. Gen. Qian met with National Defense Commission [NDC] Vice Chairman and Minister of the People’s Armed Forces Kim Yong Chun.  During the meeting the PLA delegation presented a gift to Kim Jong Un, received by VMar Kim.  KCNA reports:

Vice-Marshal of the Korean People’s Army Kim Yong Chun, minister of the People’s Armed Forces, Friday had a friendly talk with the visiting delegation of diplomatic officials of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army led by Major General Qian Lihua, director of the Foreign Affairs Office of the Ministry of National Defense.

One comment on “PLA Foreign Affairs Delegation Visits DPRK

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