High en­voy makes first DPRK visit since test

China Daily (USA) - - TOP NEWS - By AN BAI­JIE and ZHANG YUNBI Con­tact the writer at an­bai­jie@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Of­fi­cials on Tues­day con­firmed what is be­lieved to be the first visit by a se­nior Chi­nese diplo­mat to Py­ongyang since the Demo­cratic Peo­ple’s Re­pub­lic of Korea con­ducted a nu­clear test in Septem­ber.

Vice-For­eign Min­is­ter Liu Zhen­min is vis­it­ing the DPRK from Mon­day to Thurs­day, Chi­nese For­eign Min­istry spokesman Lu Kang con­firmed. Liu will co-chair the third meet­ing of the China-DPRK bor­der joint com­mit­tee with his DPRK coun­ter­part, Lu told a reg­u­lar news con­fer­ence in Bei­jing.

The Chi­nese del­e­ga­tion laid flow­ers at the bronze mon­u­ment so flate DPRK lead­ers Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il after ar­riv­ing, Py­ongyang’s Korean Cen­tral News Agency said.

On Tues­day, Liu at­tended a grand cer­e­mony to mark the 66th an­niver­sary of the Chi­nese Peo­ple’s Vol­un­teers join­ing DPRK sol­diers dur­ing the Korean War (1950-53), ac­cord­ing to China Cen­tral Tele­vi­sion. Se­nior DPRK of­fi­cials and Chi­nese rep­re­sen­ta­tives went to the Korea-China Friend­ship Tower to lay wreaths and flow­ers to com­mem­o­rate Chi­nese fight­ers who died in the war.

Liu’s visit shows that China and the DPRK have main­tained rou­tine com­mu­ni­ca­tions, ac­cord­ing to the Re­pub­lic of Korea’s Yon­hap News Agency.

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