Chinese premier arrives in Pyongyang, greeted by Kim Jong Il at airport

12:59, October 04, 2009      

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Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao arrived here Sunday morning and was greeted at the airport by Kim Jong Il, top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).

Wen is in Pyongyang for a three-day visit at the invitation of the Workers' Party of Korea Central Committee and the DPRK government.

The Chinese premier arrived at the Sunan Airport at around 11:00 a.m. local time (0200 GMT).

Wen, also a member of the Standing Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee Political Bureau, will meet or hold talks with DPRK leaders on bilateral relations and other issues of common concern, China's Foreign Ministry said.

Wen will attend commemorative events of the China-DPRK Friendship Year, which coincides with the 60th anniversary of bilateral diplomatic relations.

The DPRK was among the first countries to establish diplomatic relations with New China. The two countries forged diplomatic ties on Oct. 6, 1949, days after the People's Republic of China was founded.

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