Xi and Kim agree to closer ties and the set­tle­ment of penin­sula is­sues

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CHI­NESE Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping and Kim Jong Un, leader of the Demo­cratic Peo­ple’s Repub­lic of Korea, have reached an im­por­tant con­sen­sus.

Kim, chair­man of the Work­ers’ Party of Korea and chair­man of the State Af­fairs Com­mis­sion of the DPRK, ar­rived in Bei­jing on Tuesday for a visit to China.

In a cor­dial and friendly at­mos­phere, the two lead­ers had an in-depth ex­change of views on China-DPRK re­la­tions and is­sues of com­mon con­cern.

The two sides agreed to make joint ef­forts to push for the con­tin­u­ous new devel­op­ment of China-DPRK re­la­tions in the new era, con­stantly ad­vance the po­lit­i­cal set­tle­ment process of the Korean Penin­sula is­sue, bring more ben­e­fits to peo­ple of the two coun­tries, and make pos­i­tive con­tri­bu­tions to peace, sta­bil­ity, pros­per­ity and the devel­op­ment of the re­gion and the world.

Xi pointed out that Kim’s visit to China at the be­gin­ning of 2019, which marks the 70th an­niver­sary of the es­tab­lish­ment of China-DPRK di­plo­matic re­la­tions, fully em­bod­ied the great im­por­tance Kim at­taches to the two coun­tries’ tra­di­tional friend­ship and his friend­ship with the CPC and the Chi­nese peo­ple.

“I highly ap­pre­ci­ate it, and, on be­half of the CPC, the Chi­nese govern­ment and the Chi­nese peo­ple, ex­tend sin­cere fes­ti­val greet­ings to the WPK and the govern­ment and the peo­ple of the DPRK,” Xi said.

Xi stressed that thanks to the con­certed ef­forts of both sides, China-DPRK re­la­tions opened a new his­toric chap­ter in 2018.

The two sides, with con­crete ac­tions, have demon­strated the strong vi­tal­ity of the China-DPRK friend­ship and dis­played the res­o­lute de­ter­mi­na­tion of the two coun­tries to jointly ad­vance the po­lit­i­cal set­tle­ment of the Korean Penin­sula is­sue.

This year bears great sig­nif­i­cance to the ef­forts of build­ing on past suc­cesses to fur­ther ad­vance bi­lat­eral re­la­tion­ship.

“I am will­ing to work with Com­rade Chair­man to make sound ef­forts to guide the fu­ture devel­op­ment of China-DPRK re­la­tion­ship,” Xi said.

He said the two sides should main­tain high-level ex­changes, strengthen strate­gic com­mu­ni­ca­tion, deepen friendly ex­changes and co­op­er­a­tion, and pro­mote the long-term, healthy and sta­ble devel­op­ment of China-DPRK re­la­tions.

Fes­tive greet­ings ex­changed

Kim said he was grate­ful to Xi for tak­ing time from a busy sched­ule at the be­gin­ning of the year to re­ceive the DPRK del­e­ga­tion.

He ex­tended fes­ti­val greet­ings to the CPC, the Chi­nese govern­ment and the Chi­nese peo­ple on be­half of the WPK, the govern­ment and the peo­ple of the DPRK.

“Un­der the ut­most care of Com­rade Gen­eral Sec­re­tary, the DPRK-China re­la­tions last year were el­e­vated to a new height,” he said.

Kim said he hoped to con­duct deep ex­changes of views with Xi. This would en­tail con­sol­i­dat­ing the DPRK-China’s tra­di­tional friend­ship, stepping up DPRK-China ex­changes and co­op­er­a­tion, and push­ing for DPRK-China friendly ties to be con­sol­i­dated and im­proved with each pass­ing day.

On the sit­u­a­tion of the Korean Penin­sula, Xi spoke highly of the pos­i­tive mea­sures taken by the DPRK side to main­tain peace and sta­bil­ity and pro­mote the re­al­iza­tion of de­nu­cle­ariza­tion on the penin­sula. He said ma­jor progress was made in the process of a po­lit­i­cal so­lu­tion to the Korean Penin­sula is­sue last year with joint ef­forts of China, the DPRK and rel­e­vant par­ties.

Not­ing that a gen­eral trend of peace­ful di­a­logue on the penin­sula has taken shape, Xi said it has be­come the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity’s com­mon ex­pec­ta­tion and con­sen­sus for the di­a­logue to con­tinue and yield re­sults.

The po­lit­i­cal set­tle­ment of the penin­sula is­sue faces a rare his­toric op­por­tu­nity.

China sup­ports the DPRK’s con­tin­ued ad­her­ence to the di­rec­tion of de­nu­cle­ariza­tion on the penin­sula, sup­ports the con­tin­u­ous im­prove­ment of in­ter-Korean re­la­tions, sup­ports the DPRK and the United States hold­ing sum­mits and achiev­ing re­sults, and sup­ports rel­e­vant par­ties re­solv­ing their re­spec­tive le­git­i­mate con­cerns through di­a­logue, Xi said.

China hopes that the DPRK and the US will meet each other half­way, Xi said.

He added that China stands ready to work with the DPRK and rel­e­vant par­ties to play a pos­i­tive and con­struc­tive role in main­tain­ing peace and sta­bil­ity and re­al­iz­ing de­nu­cle­ariza­tion on the penin­sula and last­ing peace and sta­bil­ity in the re­gion.

Kim said the Korean Penin­sula sit­u­a­tion has been eas­ing since last year, and China’s im­por­tant role in this process is ob­vi­ous to all.

He said the DPRK side highly and sin­cerely ap­pre­ci­ates the Chi­nese ef­forts.

The DPRK will con­tinue stick­ing to the stance of de­nu­cle­ariza­tion and re­solv­ing the Korean Penin­sula is­sue through di­a­logue and con­sul­ta­tion, and make ef­forts for the sec­ond sum­mit be­tween DPRK and US lead­ers to achieve re­sults that will be wel­comed by the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity, he said.

Kim said he hoped that rel­e­vant par­ties will at­tach im­por­tance to and pos­i­tively re­spond to the DPRK’s le­git­i­mate con­cerns, and jointly push for a com­pre­hen­sive res­o­lu­tion of the Korean Penin­sula is­sue.

The two sides in­formed each other of their re­spec­tive coun­tries’ sit­u­a­tions.

Xi said that in the past seven decades, the CPC has led the Chi­nese peo­ple in achiev­ing a his­toric leap — they have stood up, grown rich, and are be­com­ing strong.

Pur­su­ing devel­op­ment

Xi said pos­i­tive re­sults have been achieved since the WPK im­ple­mented the new strate­gic line in the past year, demon­strat­ing the WPK and DPRK peo­ple’s strong will of lov­ing peace and pur­su­ing devel­op­ment.

The Chi­nese side firmly sup­ports Kim in lead­ing the WPK and the peo­ple to im­ple­ment the new strate­gic line and fo­cus on de­vel­op­ing the econ­omy and im­prov­ing peo­ple’s well-be­ing.

“We be­lieve that the DPRK peo­ple will surely and con­stantly make new and greater achieve­ments in the cause of so­cial­ist con­struc­tion,” Xi said.

Kim said that hav­ing vis­ited China four times in less than a year, he was deeply im­pressed by the achieve­ments made in China’s eco­nomic and so­cial devel­op­ment as well as the Chi­nese peo­ple’s spirit and char­ac­ter of striv­ing for the coun­try’s pros­per­ity.

The DPRK side con­sid­ers China’s devel­op­ment ex­pe­ri­ence most valu­able and hopes for more trips to China for study and ex­changes, he said.

The WPK will lead the DPRK peo­ple to con­tinue their great ef­forts to im­ple­ment the DPRK’s new strate­gic line and cre­ate a fa­vor­able ex­ter­nal en­vi­ron­ment for this en­deavor, Kim said.

On Wednesday morn­ing, Xi met with Kim at the Bei­jing Ho­tel.

Xi spoke pos­i­tively of the sig­nif­i­cance of Kim’s visit to China and looked back on the his­tory of friendly ex­changes be­tween China and the DPRK.

Xi said China is will­ing to make joint ef­forts with the DPRK to safe­guard, con­sol­i­date and de­velop re­la­tions be­tween the two par­ties and two coun­tries, jointly write a new chap­ter of devel­op­ment of re­la­tions be­tween the two coun­tries, and jointly make new con­tri­bu­tions to re­gional peace, sta­bil­ity, devel­op­ment and pros­per­ity.

Kim said the DPRK highly val­ues the sound mo­men­tum of con­tin­u­ous devel­op­ment of DPRK-China re­la­tions, and is will­ing to work with China to earnestly im­ple­ment the im­por­tant con­sen­sus reached be­tween the two sides and con­tinue writ­ing a more glorious fu­ture of friend­ship from a new start­ing point.

(Xinhua)

Kim Jong Un, leader of the Demo­cratic Peo­ple’s Repub­lic of Korea, vis­its a Tong Ren Tang phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal plant in Bei­jing’s Yizhuang, where he in­spected pro­cess­ing and pro­duc­tion lines for Chi­nese medicine us­ing tra­di­tional and mod­ern tech­niques on Wednesday. — Xinhua

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