Xi’s his­toric visit to North Korea takes bi­lat­eral ties to new heights

Global Times US Edition - - ASIANREVIE­W - Page Ed­i­tor: wang­wen­[email protected] glob­al­times.com.cn

Top Chi­nese leader Xi Jin­ping on Fri­day wrapped up his widely watched state visit to North Korea, the first of its kind in 14 years, bring­ing bi­lat­eral ties to a new height in history and reaf­firm­ing China’s com­mit­ment to a po­lit­i­cal set­tle­ment of the Korean Penin­sula is­sue.

The land­mark visit has sent a clear mes­sage to the rest of the world: The China-north Korea tra­di­tional friend­ship has been ush­ered into a new era and the stronger-than-ever bi­lat­eral bonds will add new im­pe­tus to at­tempts to ad­dress­ing the nu­clear is­sue on the Korean Penin­sula.

Dur­ing his state visit, Xi, gen­eral sec­re­tary of the Cen­tral Com­mit­tee of the Com­mu­nist Party of China and Chi­nese pres­i­dent, met with Kim Jongun, chair­man of the Work­ers’ Party of Korea and chair­man of the State Af­fairs Com­mis­sion of North Korea, for the fifth time over the past 15 months.

The meet­ing is ex­pected to open a fresh chap­ter in ad­vanc­ing bi­lat­eral re­la­tions un­der new cir­cum­stances and car­ry­ing for­ward the un­shak­able friend­ship be­tween the two peo­ples.

Xi’s two-day visit to Pyongyang re­ceived hearty hos­pi­tal­ity from the North Korean side. More than 250,000 peo­ple flocked to the streets in Pyongyang to wel­come Xi.

At the square of the Kum­su­san Palace of the Sun which serves as a mau­soleum hon­or­ing two for­mer North Korean lead­ers, Pres­i­dent Xi re­ceived a salute from North Korea’s party and gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials as well as crowds of Pyongyang res­i­dents, mak­ing him the first for­eign leader to be given such an honor at the highly sym­bolic venue.

The ex­traor­di­nar­ily high-level re­cep­tion once again show­cased the close bonds be­tween China and North Korea.

As Xi wrote in a signed ar­ti­cle pub­lished ahead of his trip in Rodong Sin­mun, North Korea’s main­stream news­pa­per, the time-hon­ored friend­ship be­tween the two peo­ples, which is more pre­cious than gold, grows even stronger as time goes by. The ar­ti­cle is a commentary from the Xin­hua News Agency. opin­[email protected]­al­times.com.cn

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