China and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK)
pledged Monday to continue promoting bilateral ties.
Prior to a reception held by the DPRK Embassy in Beijing
to mark the 55th anniversary of the founding of the DPRK Workers'
Party, President Jiang Zemin told DPRK ambassador to Beijing
Chu Chang-jun that it is the unswerving and long-term policy
of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and the Chinese Government
to consolidate and develop friendly ties with the DPRK.
Such efforts are not only in accordance with the common wishes
and fundamental interests of both peoples, but also conducive
to the maintenance of peace and stability in the region and
the world at large, said Jiang, who is also the general secretary
of the CPC Central Committee.
China is willing to work with the DPRK Workers' Party, the
DPRK Government and its people to ensure continuing friendly
bilateral ties by enhancing cooperation, said Jiang.
The two neighboring countries have long enjoyed friendship.
Bilateral ties were further enhanced last May when general
secretary of the DPRK Workers' Party Kim Jong-il visited Beijing.
The leaders of the two countries decided on a framework for
the future development of bilateral ties during that visit.
Ambassador Chu, in his speech delivered at the reception,
said that the DPRK Government has always treasured and worked
to consolidate and develop ties with China.
He spoke highly of China's progress made under the guidance
of the CPC and wished
China greater achievements in the reunification.
Jiang, both in his meeting with Chu and in an earlier letter
of congratulation, applauded the achievements of the Korean
people made under the guidance of the DPRK Workers' Party
in the past 55 years.
Noting the party's long history of revolutionary struggle,
Jiang recalled that it was under its leadership that the Korean
people established the DPRK, safeguarded the country's national
sovereignty and dignity and made incessant progress in socialist
In recent years, the party has led the Korean people to make
a series of remarkable achievements in building a socialist
country with DPRK characteristics, in improving inter-Korean
relations and in developing good relations with other countries,
The CPC, the Chinese Government and its people heartily rejoice
at these accomplishments, Jiang said.
China is confident that the DPRK Workers' Party under the
leadership of Kim Jong-il will lead the people of the DPRK
to achieve even greater successes in socialist construction,
national independence, peaceful unification and foreign relations,
(China Daily 10/10/2000)