Hu Jintao (R) shakes hands with Kim Jong Il, general secretary
of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) and chairman of the
National Defense Commission of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK),
at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, on Jan. 17,
BEIJING, Jan. 18 (Xinhuanet) -- Chinese top leader Hu
Jintao and top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK)
KimJong Il held talks in Beijing, exchanging views on bilateral relations and
international and regional issues of common concern,and reaching important and
Kim, general secretary of the Workers' Party of Korea
(WPK) and chairman of the National Defense Commission of the DPRK, paid an
unofficial visit to China from Jan. 10 to 18 as Hu's guest. During his stay in
China, Kim visited Central China's Hubei Province, South China's Guangdong
Province and China's capital Beijing.
Hu, general secretary of the Central Committee of the
Communist Party of China (CPC) and Chinese president, hosted a welcoming banquet
in honor of Kim in Beijing and accompanied Kim in a visit to a crop research
institute under the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences.
Wu Bangguo, member of the Political Bureau Standing
Committee of the CPC Central Committee and chairman of the Standing Committee of
the National People's Congress, China's top legislature, and Wen Jiabao, member
of the Political Bureau Standing Committee of the CPC Central Committee and
Chinese premier, met with Kim respectively.
Members of the Political Bureau Standing Committee of
the CPC Central Committee Jia Qinglin, Zeng Qinghong, Huang Ju, Wu Guanzheng, Li
Changchun and Luo Gan accompanied Kim in his visiting tours or took part in
Hu, on behalf of the CPC, and the Chinese government
and people,extended a warm welcome to Kim.
To maintain close contacts between top leaders of the
two sidesis a major characteristic of China-DPRK good neighborly friendship,Hu
said, adding that since Kim became the WPK's general secretary,leaders of the
two sides have had exchanges of visits with fruitful results each time.
Under the current circumstances while international
and regional situations are undergoing profound and complicated changes, said
Hu, to further advance the relations between the two parties and the two
countries is in line with the common interests of the two countries and
conducive to the peace, stability and development in Northeast Asia.
He said that in recent years, with concerted efforts
from both sides, the relations between the two parties and two countries have
made new progress, and the two countries have scored new achievements in
economic and trade cooperation of mutual benefit and maintained close
consultation and cooperation in international and regional issues.
Sino-DPRK traditional friendship is the common
treasure of the two parties, countries and peoples, said Hu. It is an unswerving
strategic guideline of the CPC and the Chinese government to consolidate and
develop bilateral good neighborly friendship and cooperation.
Hu said the Chinese side will make joint efforts with the DPRK to continuously inject new vigor and vitality into bilateral traditional friendship and push forward the growth of bilateral good neighborly friendship and cooperation so as to bring more benefits to the two countries and their peoples and contribute more to the peace, stability and prosperity in Northeast Asia and the world at large.