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President Hu Jintao holds talks with visiting DPRK Premier

09-28-2011 08:38 BJT

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China, DPRK underscore further promotion of bilateral ties 

BEIJING, Sept. 27 (Xinhua) -- China and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) affirmed on Tuesday their stands on developing bilateral ties, pledging to push cooperation to a higher level.

"The Communist Party of China and the Chinese government cherish the friendship with the DPRK. It is our unswerving policies to promote friendly relations with the DPRK," President Hu Jintao said in a meeting with DPRK Premier Choe Yong Rim on Tuesday afternoon.

Chinese President Hu Jintao (R) meets with Choe Yong Rim, Premier of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), in Beijing, capital of China, Sept. 27, 2011. (Xinhua/Rao Aimin)

Choe arrived in Beijing on Monday for a five-day official visit as the guest of Premier Wen Jiabao.

In their hour-long meeting, Hu reviewed the progress of China-DPRK relations in recent years, citing close political exchanges and fruitful cooperation in all fields.

Hu said China-DPRK friendship has been fostered by several generations of leaders in both countries and is treasured by both sides.

It is the common responsibility of both countries to pass on China-DPRK friendship, Hu said.

Hu called for both countries to maintain high-level visits, strengthen strategic communication, expand mutually-beneficial cooperation and safeguard regional peace, stability and development.

Choe said the DPRK would like to work with China to bring bilateral relations to a new high.

On the situation of the Korean Peninsula, Hu called for more dialogue and negotiations to resolve relevant issues.

It is in the common interests of all sides to realize the denuclearization of the Peninsula and safeguard peace and stability, which also meets the aspirations of international community, Hu said.

"China supports the positive efforts by the DPRK to ease tensions on the Peninsula and improve the external environment," Hu said, adding that China believes the DPRK will seize the current good opportunity and promote the improvement of the Peninsula situation.

Top DPRK leader Kim Jong Il said the DPRK is ready to resume the six-party talks without preconditions when he visited China in August.

Choe reaffirmed Kim's stance, saying it is DPRK's consistent stance to seek a denuclearized Korean Peninsula and safeguard peace and stability.

Later Tuesday, top Chinese political advisor Jia Qinglin also met with Choe.

Jia, who chairs the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), said China would like to work with the DPRK to implement the important consensus between the leaders, deepen cooperation in all fields and take bilateral relations to a new level.

Jia said the CPPCC would like to work with his DPRK counterpart to make more contributions to bilateral relations.

After Beijing, Choe will travel to China's economic powerhouse of Shanghai and also east Jiangsu Province.


Editor:James |Source: CNTV

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