Senior Chinese military officers, DPRK leaders watch performance to mark anniversary

10:58, October 24, 2010      

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Vice Chairman of China's Central Military Commission Guo Boxiong (L) and President of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) Kim Yong Nam watch the "Arirang" performance in Pyongyang, capital of the DPRK, Oct. 23, 2010, as part of celebrations to mark the 60th anniversary of the entry of the Chinese People's Volunteers (CPV) into the Korean War front. (Xinhua/Chen Jianli)

A delegation of senior Chinese military officers watched the "Arirang" performance here Saturday night as part of celebrations to mark the 60th anniversary of the entry of the Chinese People's Volunteers (CPV) into the Korean War front.

The delegation, led by Guo Boxiong, vice chairman of China's Central Military Commission, is on a four-day visit to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK). They were joined at the show by Kim Yong Nam, president of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly of the DPRK.

Before the show, Guo met Kim and a number of other DPRK leaders, including Choe Yong Rim, premier of the cabinet, and Kim Yong Chun, vice-chairman of the National Defence Commission.

Guo hailed the DPRK's attention to its relations with China. He said the visit of the delegation was to implement the important consensus reached between Chinese President Hu Jintao and the DPRK's top leader Kim Jong Il.

China would work with the DPRK side to make an active contribution to the continuous promotion of the Sino-DPRK friendship, Guo said.

Kim Yong Nam warmly welcomed the visit of the Chinese delegation.

The DPRK cherished its friendship with China. To consolidate and develop the relations was the firm will of the DPRK, Kim said.

The "Arirang", a mass gymnastic and artistic show with some 100,000 performers, showcased the achievements made by the DPRK people in socialist construction, and their love of the fatherland, aspiration for reunification and peace.

The CPV entered the DPRK on Oct. 25, 1950, about four months after the Korean War broke out.

In an article marking the anniversary, the DPRK's official KCNA news agency said Thursday that the CPV not only displayed a spirit of self-sacrifice and heroism but also promoted friendship.

Source: Xinhua
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