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
"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