DPRK leader lauds wartime Chinese volunteers, eyes deeper friendship

08:39, October 26, 2010      

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Kim Jong Il (C Front), general secretary of the Worker's Party of Korea (WPK), poses for a group photo with Guo Boxiong (5th L), vice chairman of China's Central Military Commission, and members of the Chinese high-level military delegation led by Guo, in Pyongyang, capital of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Oct. 25, 2010. (Xinhua/Chen Jianli)

Kim Jong Il, top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), on Monday said his country will always honor the feats of the Chinese People's Volunteers (CPV) and will continue boosting the blood-forged bilateral friendship.

The general secretary of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea and chairman of the National Defense Commission made the remarks in a friendly meeting with Guo Boxiong, vice chairman of China's Central Military Commission.

Kim welcomed the Chinese delegation of CPV veterans, senior officers and military artists to the series of events staged in the country to mark the 60th anniversary of the CPV's Oct. 25, 1950 entry into the Korean front, a historic symbol of the DPRK-China friendship.

CPV warriors made great sacrifices, many having devoted their lives, to support the DPRK's just struggle, and their contributions will always be remembered by the DPRK people, Kim said.

The visit marked yet another opportunity for the two neighboring nations to further deepen their traditional friendship, he said, adding that the joint commemorative services will help strengthen the close bond which should be passed on from generation to generation.

Recalling his repeated visits to China, Kim said he has reached extensive consensus with Chinese President Hu Jintao on bilateral ties and other issues of mutual concern, and expects both sides, including the two militaries, to make concerted efforts in line with these agreements.

China's practice has proved that the routes and policies of the Communist Party of China accord with China's realities, the DPRK leader stressed.

For his part, Guo thanked the DPRK side for its efforts in the commemorative activities, which he said reflected the great attention the DPRK attaches to the China-DPRK friendship.

The two agreed that both countries should continue to build the traditional China-DPRK friendship in order to promote development of both economies, improvement of the livelihood of both peoples as well as regional and global peace.

Following the meeting, during which they also discussed bilateral military ties and regional and international situations, Kim held a banquet in honor of the Chinese delegation.



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