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Kim Jong Il, General Secretary of the Workers’ Party of Korea and Chairman of the National Defence Commission of the DPRK, paid an unofficial visit to the People’s Republic of China from April 19 to 21 at the invitation of Hu Jintao, General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China and President of the People’s Republic of China.
    Chinese Party and state leaders warmly welcomed and accorded most cordial hospitality to the leader Kim Jong Il who visited China again to consolidate and strengthen the traditional DPRK-China friendship with long-standing historical roots.
    Meetings and talks were held between Kim Jong Il and Hu Jintao.
    The top leaders of the two parties and countries informed each other of the situation in their respective countries, exchanged views on the issue of further developing relations between the two parties and the two countries and overriding international issues of common concern and reached a consensus of views on them in a warm, friendly, sincere and frank atmosphere.
    They highly appreciated present bilateral relations.
    Kim Jong Il said that this year which marks the 55th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries is a year of weighty significance in the history of the development of bilateral relations of friendship early in the new century.
    Noting that it is the common desire and will of the two parties and two peoples to consolidate and develop the bilateral friendship, Kim Jong Il said that the past half-a-century-long history proved that the DPRK-China relations have a solid foundation.
    He pointed out that for the past one year since the formation of the new collective leadership in China it has maintained a consistent policy of consolidating and developing relations with the DPRK and made positive efforts to this end. This greatly encouraged the DPRK, he added.
    He noted that the DPRK side together with the Chinese side would inherit the tradition of close cooperation between the two parties and the two countries and make fresh efforts to steadily boost DPRK-China relations of friendship.
    Hu Jintao said that in the new century the two sides of China and the DPRK have made positive efforts to promote the relations of the two countries with the result that steady progress was made in developing the relations. He expressed satisfaction over the development of the relations of friendship and cooperation between the two parties and the two countries.
    Saying that the Chinese side has keenly felt that friendly and cooperative relations between the two parties and the two countries are long-standing and have grown stronger as the days go by, he noted that the new collective leadership of China set great store by the Sino-Korean friendship developed with all care by the leaders of the old generation of the two countries and will make sustained efforts to consolidate and develop this friendship.
    The Chinese side proposed issues of making more frequent visits of high-level officials of the two parties and the two countries, deepening the bilateral understanding and confidence, strengthening mutual exchange, promoting cooperation in all fields, boosting exchange of views on important international and regional issues, negotiations and cooperation as regards them and bolstering up economic and trade cooperation between the two countries so as to put bilateral relations of friendship and cooperation on a new level and inject steady vitality and vigour into the traditional bilateral friendship under the new situation.
    Kim Jong Il fully agreed on Hu Jintao’s views.
    At the talks both sides appreciated that the good neighbourliness, friendship and cooperation between the two countries have grown stronger since the historic meeting between the top leaders of the two countries in recent years and expressed mutual support of and solidarity with the two parties and the peoples of the two countries in their efforts for socialist construction and national reunification.
    Hu Jintao noted that the Korean Party and people have achieved great successes in the building of a great prosperous powerful nation overcoming manifold difficulties in the spirit of self-reliance and fortitude and made steady and fresh achievements in improving the external environment in recent years under the leadership of Kim Jong Il, adding China sincerely rejoiced over them.
    He supported the Korean Party and people maintaining the orientation of the socialist development and seeking a way of development that suits the specific conditions of their country and reaffirmed his support to the stand for the independent and peaceful reunification asserted and maintained by the DPRK side and its efforts to improve the international environment.
    Kim Jong Il said that he was very pleased to see that China’s new collective leadership, under the guidance of the important thought of “Three represents” and on the principles of “People first” and “Governance for the people”, has closely united and led all the Chinese people to success and noticeably increased its international status and influence. He hoped that China is bound to realize its strategic goal of building a comprehensively well-off society by the year 2020.
    He reiterated that the Korean Party and government will, as in the past, support China’s position on the Taiwan issue, wishing China an early completion of its reunification cause.
    The leaders of the two parties and the two countries exchanged in-depth views on peacefully solving the nuclear issue on the Korean peninsula.
    Both sides fully reaffirmed the positive results of Beijing three-party talks and the two rounds of six-party talks, and unanimously agreed on continuing the position on solving the issue through dialogue and in a peaceful way and jointly pushing forward the process of six-party talks in order to make a contribution to the final peaceful settlement of the issue.
    Kim Jong Il highly appreciated the Chinese Party and government’s positive stance on and important contributions to peace and stability on the Korean peninsula.
    Noting that the DPRK remains unchanged in its main stand for the negotiated peaceful settlement of the nuclear issue with a final target of denuclearization, he said that the DPRK would take an active part in the six-party talks with patience and flexibility and make a contribution to the progress of the talks.
    Hu Jintao said that China is making consistent efforts in defence of peace and stability on the Korean peninsula as a close neighbour and supports the denuclearization of the peninsula and the negotiated peaceful settlement of the nuclear issue, and that the reasonable concern of the DPRK should be taken into account and settled with due attention.
    Kim Jong Il invited Hu Jintao to visit the DPRK at a convenient time and the invitation was accepted with pleasure.
    Hu Jintao hosted a grand banquet in honour of Kim Jong Il’s China visit at the Great Hall of the People.

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