Jiang Zemin, general secretary of the Central Committee of
the Communist Party of China (CPC), Monday sent a message
to Kim Jong-il, his counterpart of the Workers' Party of the
Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), warmly congratulating
him, the party and the people on the 55th anniversary of the
In the message, Jiang, praising the Workers' Party as a proletarian
party with a long history of revolutionary struggles, pointed
out that under the leadership of the Workers' Party, the Korean
people established the Democratic People's Republic of Korea
and safeguarded the national sovereignty and dignity.
After the Korean War, the Workers' Party, led by Kim Il-sung,
leading and uniting all the DPRK people, overcame various
difficulties and made incessant progress in socialist construction,
During recent years, the Workers' Party, led by General Secretary
Kim Jong-il, has carried on Kim Il-sung's unfulfilled wishes
and united the people in overcoming difficulties. Now they
have made a series of remarkable achievements in socialist
construction, in developing good relations with other countries,
advancing independent and peaceful reunification and in safeguarding
the peace and stability of the Korean Peninsula, Jiang said.
The CPC and the Chinese people heartily rejoice at the accomplishments
achieved by the Workers' Party and the people of DPRK in all
fields, Jiang said.
China is confident that the DPRK Workers' Party under the
leadership of Kim Jong-il will definitely lead the people
of the DPRK into the new century in high spirits and achieve
even greater successes in socialist construction, national
independence, peaceful unification and foreign relations,
China and the DPRK are friendly neighbors, whose traditional
friendship was forged and fostered by Mao Zedong, Zhou Enlai,
Deng Xiaoping and Kim Il-sung and other leaders of the old
generations, Jiang noted.
The friendship, which has withheld tests in over a half century
and taken deep roots in the hearts of the two peoples, has
been growing under the care of the two parties, two countries
and two peoples, said Jiang.
At this important historical moment of the inception of the
new century, maintaining and strengthening Sino-DPRK friendship
conforms to the common aspirations and fundamental interests
of the two parties, two countries and two peoples, and is
conducive to the peace and stability of the Korean Peninsula,
Northeastern Asia and the world as a whole, he said.
He emphasized that developing and consolidating the Sino-DPRK
friendship is an unswerving policy of the CPC.
China is willing to carry on the cause and forge ahead into
the future together with the DPRK people, strengthen cooperation
and develop Sino-DPRK neighborly friendship more vigorously
through joint efforts, Jiang said.
Jiang heartily wishes that the Sino-DPRK friendship will
go down from generation to generation and be eternal.
(People's Daily 10/09/2000)