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People’s Security Minister Visits China

Zhou Yongkang (2nd R), a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and secretary of the Committee for Political and Legislative Affairs of the CPC Central Committee, meets with Ri Myong Su (2nd L), a member of the Political Bureau of the Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK) and the National Defense Committee of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), as well as DPRK’s Minister of People’s Security, in Beijing, capital of China, July 24, 2012. (Xinhua/Zhang Duo)

DPRK state media reported on 24 July (Tuesday) that Minister of People’s Security, Gen. Ri Myong Su (Ri Myo’ng-su), a member of the Korean Workers’ Party [KWP] Political Bureau and a member of the National Defense Commission [NDC],  along with an MPS delegation flew out of Pyongyang that day for an official visit to China.  Ri’s visit to China occurred after the release of South Korean activists who were detained in China in late March 2012 and after a visit to ROK by the Chinese public security minister.  South Korean media reported that Gen. Ri’s visit to China might be tied to an upcoming visit there by Kim Jong Un.  At his meetings with Chinese officials, Gen. Ri was accompanied by DPRK Ambassador to the PRC Ji Jae Ryong.  After arriving in Beijing, Ri and the delegation met with Chinese Minister of Public Security Meng Jianzhu.  According to Chinese state media, “Meng said the communication and cooperation between the two ministries have made great contributions to the two countries’ stability and safety.”

Chinese State Councilor and Minister of Public Security Meng Jianzhu (R) meets with Ri Myong Su, a member of the Political Bureau of the Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK) and the National Defense Committee of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), as well as DPRK’s Minister of People’s Security, in Beijing, capital of China, July 24, 2012. (Xinhua/Pang Xinglei)

Later on Tuesday, Gen. Ri and the delegation met with Chin’a chief law enforcement official and Political Bureau Standing Committee (presidium) member Zhou Yongkang, joined by Meng Jianzhu.  According to Xinhua, Zhou told Ri, “It is the Chinese party and government’s unwavering guiding principle to continuously consolidate and develop China-DPRK friendly and cooperative relations. We are ready to join with our comrades from the DPRK in implementing the consensus reached by the leaders of our two parties and countries and in consolidating, building, and developing traditional China-DPRK friendly and cooperative relations so as to make positive contributions to safeguarding regional peace and stability and promoting common development. Please give General Secretary Hu Jintao’s and my kind regards to First Secretary Kim Jong Un. China-DPRK law enforcement and security cooperation is an important part of the two countries’ relationship. It is hoped that law enforcement agencies from the two countries will always adhere to the principle of serving traditional China-DPRK friendly relations, strengthen communication, deepen cooperation, and jointly combat transnational crime so as to make new contributions to safeguarding security and stability in their respective countries as well as in border regions between China and the DPRK.”

Zhou Yongkang (R), a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and secretary of the Committee for Political and Legislative Affairs of the CPC Central Committee, meets with Ri Myong Su, a member of the Political Bureau of the Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK) and the National Defense Committee of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), as well as DPRK’s Minister of People’s Security, in Beijing, capital of China, July 24, 2012. (Xinhua/Zhang Duo)

According to Xinhua, Ri Myong Su said, “DPRK-China friendship is sealed with blood. It is of great significance that we strengthen friendship between our two parties, countries, and peoples. The Chinese people have scored tremendous achievements in the cause of building socialism with Chinese characteristics. Their overall national strength and international status are growing. We are happy for them as if their achievements were our own. The DPRK side is ready to work with our Chinese comrades to further strengthen friendly relations between the two parties and countries of the DPRK and China and their People’s Security and Public Security Ministries.”

Xinhua reports:

Senior officials from the Communist Party of China (CPC) and the Workers’ Party of Korea of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) met on Tuesday, and vowed to further consolidate the two countries’ friendship.

Zhou Yongkang, a Standing Committee member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, and Ri Myong Su, a member of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party and a member of the National Defense Commission, held the meeting in Beijing on Tuesday.

Zhou said the traditional friendship between the two countries — created and cultivated by veteran revolutionaries of the two countries and two parties — was their valuable treasure.

He recalled his visit to the DPRK in 2010 when the country was celebrating the 65th anniversary of the Workers’ Party of Korea, as well as his meetings with “Comrade Kim Jong Il and Comrade Kim Jong Un.”

Zhou said Kim Jong Il was a great leader of the DPRK and the Workers’ Party, and a close friend of the Chinese people. He hoped the DPRK would maintain stability and realize social and economic development under the leadership of Kim Jong Un and the party.

Zhou added that to consolidate and develop a friendly relationship of cooperation with the DPRK is an unswerving principle of the Chinese government and the CPC.

The Chinese side is ready to join hands with the DPRK to continue to promote their traditional friendship and cooperation and contribute to regional peace, stability and common development, he said.

Zhou asked Ri to convey “cordial greetings” to Kim Jong Un from General Secretary Hu Jintao and himself.

Zhou called on the two sides to strengthen communication and fight against transborder crimes with further joint efforts, so as to help maintain the security and stability of the two countries and their border areas.

Ri, also minister of People’s Security of DPRK, conveyed greetings from Kim Jong Un to the Chinese leaders.

He echoed Zhou saying the DPRK side was ready to further enhance the friendly relations between the two countries, two parties, as well as the cooperation between the People’s Security Department and China’s Ministry of Public Security.

Prior to the meeting, State Councilor and Minister of Public Security Meng Jianzhu held talks with Ri on Tuesday morning.

Meng said the communication and cooperation between the two ministries have made great contributions to the two countries’ stability and safety.

“The two countries have strengthened cooperation on law enforcement since the two sides signed agreements on law enforcement last year. China hopes to further strengthen exchanges to promote bilateral cooperation in a pragmatic and mutually beneficial way,” he added.

Ri said the DPRK attaches great importance to developing cooperative relations with China’s Public Security Ministry and is willing to enhance pragmatic cooperation.

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