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DPRK top leader visits northeast China's Heilongjiang

(Xinhua)

10:23, August 27, 2011

Chinese State Councilor Dai Bingguo (R) shakes hands with top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) Kim Jong Il in northeast China's Heilongjiang Province, Aug. 26, 2011. (Xinhua/Lan Hongguang)

DAQING, Heilongjiang, Aug. 26 (Xinhua) -- Top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) Kim Jong Il visited northeast China's Heilongjiang Province on Friday at the company of Chinese State Councilor Dai Bingguo.

In a meeting with Kim, Dai, entrusted by Hu Jintao, Chinese president and general secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC), conveyed sincere greetings from Hu to Kim and welcomed Kim on behalf of the CPC, the Chinese government and people.

Kim, general secretary of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) and chairman of the DPRK National Defense Commission, thanked China's warm hospitality and conveyed his sincere greetings to Hu.

Kim made an unofficial visit to China in May. Dai said that after an interval of three months, Kim visited China again. It fully demonstrated the high attention attached by Kim, the WPK, the DPRK government and people to the consolidation and growth of China-DPRK ties.

During his previous visit, Hu and Kim had an in-depth exchange of views of bilateral ties and issues of mutual interests. "Along with DPRK comrades, we are willing to earnestly implement important consensus reached by the top leaders of our two countries and promote the continuous growth of our ties," Dai said.

Kim said China and DPRK are close neighbors and should have frequent contacts. "Every time I visited China, I can feel the friendly affections from the Chinese people to the Korean people," he said.

He spoke highly of the development momentum of current China-DPRK ties. Bilateral exchanges and cooperation should be enhanced between different departments and localities of the two countries in various areas, he said.

During his stay in Heilongjiang, Kim visited the cities of Qiqihar and Daqing. In Qiqihar, Kim toured Qier Machine Tool Group Co., a large state-owned enterprise, and Mengniu Dairy, a leading Chinese dairy producer. In Daqing, he toured an urban planning exhibition hall and a residential district.

"I've seen new changes every time I came here," he said. He wished that China would smoothly realize the goals set in its 12th Five-year Plan under the leadership of the CPC.

Kim came on Thursday to China's Manzhouli, a border city in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, after his Russian tour.

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