Kim Yong-nam, president of the presidium of the Supreme People's
Assembly of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK),
met in Pyongyang Wednesday with visiting Chinese Defense Minister
General Chi Haotian.
Chi, also vice chairman of China's Central Military Commission,
said Kim is an old friend of the Chinese people. Chi added
that he feels at home in the DPRK because he was a veteran
during the War to Resist US Aggression and Aid Korea (1950-1953).
"While commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Chinese
People's Volunteers entering the war,'' Chi said, "we
want to emphasize that the Chinese people will never forget
the friendship formed between Korea and China during those
"In the new century, the Chinese people and military,
under the leadership of President Jiang Zemin, will consolidate
and develop this traditional friendship between the two peoples
and between the military in the two countries,'' he added.
Chi approved of the achievements made by the DPRK in the
economic and defense modernization drive, and the struggle
for national independence, peace and reunification.
Chi said China will persist in its efforts to uphold peace
and stability on the Korean Peninsula and will support all
reasonable proposals for reconciliation between the North
and the South.
Kim welcomed the visit by Chi and the Chinese military delegation.
He said the Korean people would never forget the help received
from the Chinese Government and people 50 years ago.
Kim also discussed with Chi the present relationship between
the DPRK and South Korea, and the DPRK's internal situation.