Xi Jinping Holds Talks with Chairman of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) and Chairman of the State Affairs Commission Kim Jong Un of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK)
2019/06/20

On June 20, 2019 local time, General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and President Xi Jinping held talks with Chairman of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) and Chairman of the State Affairs Commission Kim Jong Un of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) at the Kumsusan Guesthouse in Pyongyang. Both sides agreed that the two countries should stay true to their original aspirations and join hands to create a bright future of inter-party and inter-state relations at a new starting point in history.

Xi Jinping pointed out that since the beginning of last year, Comrade Chairman and I had met four times, opening a new chapter for China-DPRK relations and forging a profound friendship. I appreciated Comrade Chairman Kim Jong Un for holding the grand and rousing welcome ceremony, and I could feel the family-like friendship between the two peoples all along the way from the airport to the Kumsusan Guesthouse. This year marks the 70th anniversary of the establishment of China-DPRK diplomatic relations, and bears great significance as it allows the two Parties and two countries to build on past achievements and continue to forge ahead. I met with Chairman Kim Jong Un in Pyongyang again. My visit is aimed at consolidating and carrying forward the China-DPRK traditional friendship and advancing the political settlement process of the Korean Peninsula issue. It is believed that China and the DPRK, by taking the opportunity of the visit, will jointly blueprint a bright future of the bilateral relations and open a new chapter of the China-DPRK friendship.

Xi Jinping stressed that by reviewing the development of China-DPRK relations, an insightful conclusion can be drawn that it is the essential attribute of China-DPRK relations that both are socialist countries adhering to the leadership of a Communist party. Shared ideals, beliefs and goals are the driving force of bilateral relations, the continuous friendship between and strategic guidance by top leaders are the greatest strength, and the geographical proximity and cultural affinity offer a sturdy bond. We firmly believe that the China-DPRK friendship accords with the aspirations of both peoples, the fundamental interests of both countries and the development trend of the times. It is also a strategic choice made by the two sides with a long-term and overall perspective and will not waver due to changes in the international situation.

Noting that China-DPRK relations have now entered a new historical period, Xi Jinping said that the CPC and the Chinese government attach great importance to the friendly and cooperative relations between the two countries, and that it is a steadfast policy of the CPC and the Chinese government to maintain, consolidate and develop China-DPRK relations. In face of the profound and complex changes on the global and regional landscapes, China and the DPRK should strengthen high-level contact to guide the development of China-DPRK relations. I am ready to maintain close exchanges with Chairman Kim Jong Un to consolidate mutual political trust and hold firmly the general direction of bilateral relations. The two sides should reinforce strategic communication and exchange views on major issues in an in-depth and timely manner, so as to create a favorable environment for the development of both countries. The two sides should expand practical cooperation to bring more benefits to both peoples. The Chinese side is willing to work with the DPRK side to deepen exchanges of experience and mutual learning in state governance and administration between the two Parties and the two countries, and boost cadre training and personnel exchanges in economic and well-being areas. The two sides need to deepen friendly exchanges to lay a solid foundation for further consolidating and developing the China-DPRK friendship. The Chinese side is ready to work with the DPRK side to continue to implement the plan for commemorating the 70th anniversary of diplomatic relations, and conduct exchanges and cooperation in such fields as education, health, sports, media and youth as well as at local levels, so as to carry forward the traditional China-DPRK friendship and improve the well-being of both peoples.

Kim Jong Un expressed a hearty welcome to General Secretary Xi Jinping's state visit to the DPRK on behalf of the WPK, government and people of the DPRK. Comrade General Secretary's visit to the DPRK at the 70th anniversary of the establishment of bilateral diplomatic relations in spite of a busy schedule represents the huge encouragement and political support for the WPK, government and people of the DPRK, and carries great significance in the history of DPRK-China relations. Today, more than 250,000 people flocked to the streets in Pyongyang to warmly welcome Comrade General Secretary. Under current circumstances, Comrade General Secretary's visit helps review the past 70 years of DPRK-China relations, envisage the future of bilateral relations, and demonstrate to the world the unbreakable traditional friendship between the two countries. I fully agree with the insightful analysis and future plan Comrade General Secretary made on bilateral relations. It is an unswerving policy of the WPK and the DPRK government to carry forward the DPRK-China friendship from generation to generation. I highly value the profound friendship I have formed with Comrade General Secretary, and attach great importance to the important consensus I have reached with Comrade General Secretary. I am willing to take Comrade General Secretary's visit to the DPRK as an opportunity to further strengthen strategic communication between the two sides, deepen friendly exchanges in various areas, and constantly lift DPRK-China relations to new heights.

Kim Jong Un said that as this year marks the 70th anniversary of both the establishment of DPRK-China diplomatic relations and the founding of the People's Republic of China, the DPRK side is ready to hold extensive and warm celebrations with the Chinese side. At present, the WPK and people of the DPRK are making every effort to implement the new strategic line, and the DPRK side is willing to learn more from China's experience and practices and actively endeavor to develop the economy and improve people's livelihood.

Xi Jinping spoke highly of the DPRK side's efforts to safeguard peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula and promote the denuclearization of the Peninsula. Xi Jinping pointed out that the situation of the Korean Peninsula concerns regional peace and stability, and that a bright prospect of resolving the issue through dialogue has appeared over the past year, which has gained the recognition and raised expectations of the international community. The international community generally hopes that talks between the DPRK and the United States will move forward and bear fruit.

Xi Jinping stressed that the Korean Peninsula issue is highly sensitive and complex, and a strategic and long-term perspective is needed to accurately guide the evolution of the situation and effectively maintain peace and stability on the Peninsula. The Chinese side supports propelling the political settlement process of the Korean Peninsula issue as well as building up conditions for its resolution. The Chinese side is willing to provide assistance within its capacity for the DPRK side to address its legitimate security and development concerns, strengthen coordination and cooperation with the DPRK side as well as other relevant parties, and play a positive and constructive role in achieving the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and long-term stability in the region.

Kim Jong Un introduced his view on the current situation of the Korean Peninsula, saying that over the past year, the DPRK side has taken many active measures to avoid tensions and control the situation on the Korean Peninsula, but has not received positive responses from the party concerned, which the DPRK side does not want to see. The DPRK side is willing to stay patient, and hopes that the relevant party will meet the DPRK side halfway to seek solutions that accommodate each other's legitimate concerns and push for results from relevant dialogue process. The DPRK side highly appreciates the important role played by the Chinese side in solving the Korean Peninsula issue, and is ready to continue to strengthen communication and coordination with the Chinese side to strive for new progress in the political settlement of the issue and safeguard peace and stability on the Peninsula.

Ding Xuexiang, Yang Jiechi, Wang Yi, He Lifeng and others attended the talks.

Those who attended the talks from the DPRK side included: Member of the Presidium of the Political Bureau of the WPK Central Committee and First Vice Chairman of State Affairs Commission Choe Ryong Hae; Member of the Political Bureau of the WPK Central Committee, Premier of the Cabinet and Member of State Affairs Commission Kim Jae Ryong; Member of the Political Bureau of the WPK Central Committee, Vice Chairman of the WPK Central Committee and Director of the International Department Ri Su Yong; Member of the Political Bureau of the WPK Central Committee and Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho; and Member of the Political Bureau of the WPK Central Committee, Director of the General Political Bureau of the Korean People's Army and Member of State Affairs Commission Kim Su Gil.

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