BEIJING, June 19 (Xinhua) -- On the eve of a state visit to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, President Xi Jinping, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, published a signed article entitled Inheriting China-North Korea Friendship and Continuing to Write a New Chapter of the Times in North Korea's Labor News and other major media. The article reads as follows:
Inheriting China-North Korea Friendship and Continuing to Write a New Chapter of the Times
President of the People's Republic of China and general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee
This year marks the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and North Korea. At this historic moment, at the invitation of Comrade Kim Jong-un, Chairman of the Korean Workers' Party and Chairman of the State Council, I am going to pay a state visit to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea with the good wish of "inheriting friendship and continuing to write new a chapter".
Looking back on those years, the older generation of leaders of the two parties and the two countries, with common ideals and beliefs and profound revolutionary friendship, joined hands to create the traditional friendship between China and North Korea, leaving us with common precious wealth. Generations of leaders of China and North Korea have maintained close contacts and have written a good story in the history of international relations on inheriting the traditional friendship between China and North Korea, bringing benefits to the people of the two countries through in-depth communication and sincere cooperation.
For a long time, under the strong leadership of the two parties in China and North Korea, our peoples have trusted each other, supported each other, helped each other, and forged a deep friendship, which can be said to be "lasting for a long time and never changing money".
As a good comrade and neighbor, no matter how the international situation changes, the firm stand of the Chinese party and government to consolidate and develop the friendly and cooperative relations between China and North Korea has not changed and will not change. China will firmly support Chairman Kim Jong-un in leading the Korean party and people to implement the new strategic line, concentrate on economic development, improve people's livelihood, and promote the socialist construction in North Korea to achieve new and greater achievements.
Both China and North Korea and the two peoples have come from suffering and know that peace is precious. We are pleased to see that with the correct decision of Chairman Kim Jong-un and the joint efforts of all parties concerned, the general trend of peaceful dialogue on the Peninsula has taken shape. A political solution to the Peninsula problem faces a rare historical opportunity and is generally recognized and expected by the international community. China is willing to work hand in hand with North Korean comrades to jointly realize the long-term peace and stability in the region.
70 years of ups and downs, 70 years of sharpening forward. Under the joint guidance and promotion of Chairman Kim Jong-un and I, China-North Korea relations, which have gone through 70 years of glorious history, have stood at a new historical starting point and have shown new vitality. We have the confidence and ability to inherit the glorious traditions of our predecessors, continue to write a new chapter of China-North Korea friendship in accordance with the requirements of the times and the common wishes of the two peoples, promote the new development of bilateral relations in the new era, better benefit the two peoples, and promote peace, stability and prosperity in the region and even in the world.
For this reason, I am willing to work with Chairman Kim Jong-un and North Korean comrades through this visit to plan a friendly and cooperative relationship between China and North Korea and write a new chapter in the traditional friendship between China and North Korea.
---We should strengthen strategic communication, exchange and mutual learning to give new meaning to the traditional friendship between China and North Korea, carry forward the fine tradition and leading role of high-level exchanges, plan the blueprint for the development of China-North Korea relations, and grasp the development direction of China-North Korea relations. We will strengthen communication and coordination at all levels, deepen inter-party exchanges and learn from each other's experiences in governing the country, and carry forward and develop the cause of our respective parties and countries.
---We should strengthen friendly exchanges and practical cooperation to inject new impetus into the development of China-DPRK relations. We will implement the agreed cooperation projects, expand the friendly exchanges between the two countries, expand exchanges and cooperation in education, culture, sports, tourism, youth, local affairs, people's livelihood and other fields, serve the development of the two countries, enhance the well-being of the two peoples, and allow the friendship between China and North Korea to be passed on from generation to generation.
---We should strengthen communication, dialogue, coordination and cooperation to create a new situation for regional peace and stability. Promoting the political settlement process of the peninsula issue and maintaining peace and stability on the peninsula are in line with the development needs of the two countries and the common interests of the two peoples. China supports the DPRK's adherence to the correct direction of political settlement of the peninsula issue and the resolution of the DPRK's reasonable concerns through dialogue. China is willing to strengthen communication and coordination with the DPRK and relevant parties to jointly promote progress in dialogue and consultation on the peninsula issue and make positive contributions to regional peace, stability, development and prosperity.
"We have great friendship, we have the same ideal, which unites us strongly." As Song of Friendship between China and North Korea expresses, no matter how the international situation changes, we, the two parties, the two countries and the two peoples must carry forward and carry forward the traditional friendship between China and North Korea. We are willing to work with North Korean comrades to inherit the tradition, face the future and push forward China-North Korea relations in the new era.
I firmly believe that the towering tree of China-North Korea friendship will flourish and last forever!