Senior Chinese official continues DPRK tour, watches grand parade

12:59, October 11, 2010      

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Kim Jong Il (3rd R), top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), and 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 Political and Legislative Affairs Committee of the CPC Central Committee, watch a grand evening gala held to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the founding of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) on the Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang, capital of the DPRK, Oct. 10, 2010. (Xinhua/Yao Dawei)

A senior Chinese official on Sunday morning observed the grand military parade of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) held to celebrate the 65th birthday of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea (WPK).

Zhou Yongkang, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, arrived here Saturday morning for a three-day official goodwill visit.

Zhou was invited to watch the grand parade on the rostrum of Pyongyang's central Kim Il Sung Square together with DPRK top leader Kim Jong Il, general secretary of the WPK and chairman of the National Defense Commission of the DPRK.

The show of military might started at 10 a.m. local time (0100 GMT) with a salvo of 21 guns, after a flag-raising ceremony and a performance by the military band.

In front of over 100,000 spectators, 34 phalanxes of cadets and soldiers from different military and paramilitary services and institutions, including eight all-women ones, marched in gallant goose-steps, with their heads turned toward Kim on his tribune of honor.

Following them were tanks, armored personnel carriers, and artillery rockets and missiles, including several types of surface-to-surface missiles that had never been publicly displayed before.

Also on Sunday, Zhou visited the Mangyongdae residence of Kim Il Sung, founder of the DPRK.

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