Pyongyang, June 21 (Xinhua/ Li Zhongfa) -- On June 21, Xi Jinping, General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China and Chinese president, met with Kim Jong-un, Chairman of the Workers' Party of Korea and Chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, at Jinxiushanying Hotel.
Xi Jinping, on behalf of the Chinese Party, government and people, expressed sincere thanks to North Korea for its warm reception and thoughtful arrangements. Xi Jinping pointed out that this visit to North Korea had always been immersed in a warm atmosphere of friendship between China and North Korea, demonstrating the deep friendship between the two parties and countries. The visit was a complete success, consolidating the traditional friendship between China and North Korea, clarifying the development direction of China-North Korea relations in the new era, and demonstrating to the outside world the firm will of China and North Korea to push forward the political settlement process of the peninsula issue and achieve long-term peace and stability in the region.
Xi stressed that This year marks the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between the People's Republic of China and the DPRK. Although the two neighbors have always shared close relations, the traditional friendship between the two countries has been renewed and promoted since Kim's four visits to China, the first of which was in March last year.
Xi Jinping stressed that no matter how the international situation changes, China would firmly support North Korea's socialist cause, firmly support North Korea's implementation of the new strategic line, and firmly support North Korea's efforts to solve the peninsula issue politically and achieve long-term peace and stability on the peninsula.
Kim Jong-un expressed sincere thanks to China for its support to the Korean Party in leading the Korean people on the socialist road and for its valuable help. He said that the DPRK-China friendship had a long history and a solid foundation. At present, the DPRK and China were like family members, closely interacting and cooperating with each other. He was willing to follow the lofty will of the older generation of leaders and work with General Secretary Comrade to inherit and develop the friendly relations between the DPRK and China at a new historical starting point and to continue to write a more brilliant future for the friendship between the DPRK and China. Kim Jong-un also congratulated Xi Jinping on his successful visit.
Xi Jinping’s wife, Peng Liyuan and Kim Jong-un’s wife Ri Sol-ju attended the meeting.
Before the meeting, Xi Jinping and Kim Jong-un took a walk and talked in the courtyard. On the lakeside of the scenic Jinxiushanying Hotel, Xi Jinping and Kim Jong-un strolled in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere and exchanged cordial views on topics of common concern such as strengthening the traditional friendship between China and North Korea.
After the meeting, Kim Jong-un and his wife hosted a lunch for Xi Jinping and his wife.