China delegation arrives in Pyongyang for anniversary
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Last Updated: Saturday, October 09, 2010, 17:48
Seoul: A Chinese delegation arrived in Pyongyang on Saturday to attend celebrations for the 65th anniversary of North Korea's ruling communist party under its new leadership, the North's official media said.

The delegation led by a senior communist party member, Zhou Yongkang, was greeted at the airport by Kim Yong-Il, the Workers' Party of Korea's secretary in charge of international affairs, Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said.

During his three-day visit, Zhou will attend events celebrating the founding of the party and exchange views on relations and issues of common concern with the North Korean side, China's Xinhua news agency said.

Chinese President Hu Jintao today vowed to strengthen ties with the North as the traditional ally prepared to celebrate the key anniversary under a new leadership after Kim Jong-Il's youngest son, Kim Jong-Un, was confirmed as his eventual successor.

"We are willing to make joint efforts with the DPRK (North Korea) side to continuously promote China-DPRK relations to a new and higher level," China's Xinhua news agency quoted Hu as saying in his message.

"Sincerely wish the WPK move forward continuously, and wish the China-DPRK friendship pass from generation to generation," Hu said.


First Published: Saturday, October 09, 2010, 17:48

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