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