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Hu talks advancing ties with DPRK guests


08:00, April 24, 2012

Chinese President Hu Jintao (R) shakes hands with Kim Yong Il, an alternate member of the Political Bureau and secretary of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and also head of the international department of the WPK, during a meeting with a visiting WPK delegation headed by Kim in Beijing, capital of China, April 23, 2012. (Xinhua/Li Xueren)

BEIJING, April 23 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Hu Jintao said here Monday that advancing friendship and cooperation between China and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) will continue to be the guideline of the ruling party and government of China.

Hu made the remark as he met with a Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) delegation from the DPRK, headed by Kim Yong Il. Kim is an alternate member of the Political Bureau and secretary of the WPK Central Committee. He is also the head of the international department of the WPK.

Hu expressed congratulations on behalf the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) to Kim Jong Un on his election as the First Secretary of the WPK.

Hu said the success of the Fourth WPK Conference and the fifth session of the 12th Supreme People's Assembly, at which Kim Jong Un was elected the supreme leader, will be remembered as a major event in the political life of the WPK and the DPRK people. He described it as significant for the future in construction of the DPRK's ruling party and nation.

The president expressed confidence that, under Kim Jong Un, the WPK and DPRK government will lead its people to blaze new trails and make new achievements in the cause of building a prosperous and strong country.

During the meeting, Hu said China-DPRK friendship was created and fostered by older generations of leaders and has become a common wealth of both countries. China will as always work with DPRK comrades to maintain high-level contact and exchanges between the political parties, promote practical cooperation and good-neighborly friendship and strengthen communication and coordination on major regional and international issues, according to Hu.

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