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President Hu expresses condolences on Kim Jong Il's death

(Xinhua)

08:15, December 21, 2011

Chinese President Hu Jintao (L, front), also Secretary General of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and Chairman of the Central Military Commission, goes to the embassy of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) in Beijing to express condolences on the passing away of top DPRK leader Kim Jong Il, in Beijing, capital of China, Dec. 20, 2011. A member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and top legislator Wu Bangguo, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee Li Changchun, and a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and Vice President Xi Jinping accompanied Hu to the embassy of the DPRK in Beijing. (Xinhua Photo)

BEIJING, Dec. 20 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Hu Jintao went to the Embassy of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) in Beijing Tuesday morning to express his condolences on the passing of top DPRK leader Kim Jong Il.

Hu, also Secretary General of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and Chairman of the Central Military Commission, stressed that it is the persistent policy of the Chinese government and the CPC to continuously consolidate and develop the traditionally friendly relations with the DPRK.

China expects to make joint efforts with the comrades of the DPRK to effectively consolidate, construct and develop the traditionally friendly relations with the DPRK, Hu said.

Hu said the CPC, the Chinese government and the Chinese people experienced deep grief over comrade Kim Jong Il's death. He said comrade Kim Jong Il was a great party and state leader for the DPRK, as well as an intimate friend of the Chinese people. Kim dedicated his entire life and rendered his immortal service to the DPRK's socialist revolution and construction. He also made important contributions to advancing the development of the China-DPRK traditional friendly relationship of cooperation. The Chinese people will remember him forever, he said.

Hu expressed the belief that the people of the DPRK will definitely carry on at the behest of comrade Kim Jong Il, closely unite around the Worker's Party of Korea (WPK), turn their grief into strength under the leadership of comrade Kim Jong Un, and make unremitting efforts for the construction of a strong socialist country and the realization of sustainable peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula.

Wu Bangguo, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and top legislator, Li Changchun, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, and Vice President Xi Jinping, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, accompanied Hu to the DPRK Embassy in Beijing.

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