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Xi Jinping Attends the Welcome Banquet Held by Chairman of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) and Chairman of State Affairs Commission Kim Jong Un of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK)
2019-06-21

On June 20, 2019 local time, General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and President Xi Jinping, attended the welcome banquet held by 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 Mokran House in Pyongyang.

Guests and friends gathered at the grand and bright Mokran House in a solemn and festive atmosphere.

At around 7 p.m., Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan walked into the banquet hall accompanied by Kim Jong Un and his wife Ri Sol Ju. All the people in the hall stood up in a long and enthusiastic ovation.

Then the welcome banquet began, during which Xi Jinping and Kim Jong Un addressed the banquet respectively.

Kim Jong Un said that today we were very happy to welcome General Secretary Xi Jinping and Mme. Peng Liyuan, the most respected guests from China. The DPRK and China have enjoyed a fine tradition of sharing weal and woe, as well as mutual support and cooperation in the process of building socialism together. Through the four meetings last year, General Secretary Xi Jinping and I confirmed that the adherence to a socialist system is the key to maintaining the friendship between the DPRK and China. Comrade General Secretary Xi Jinping's visit to the DPRK today opened a new and brilliant chapter of the DPRK-China friendship. Just now Comrade General Secretary and I exchanged in-depth views of and reached the important consensus on further developing the DPRK-China friendship and strengthening bilateral cooperation in the new era. I firmly believe that under the strong leadership of Comrade General Secretary Xi Jinping, the CPC and the Chinese people will make new achievements in the course of developing socialism. The DPRK side will join hands with the Chinese side as always to write a new chapter of friendship and cooperation between the two countries.

Xi Jinping said that looking back to the China-DPRK relations in the past 70 years, the older generation of leaders of the two countries have created the traditional China-DPRK friendship and left this valuable asset to us. As time goes by, our friendship has become even stronger despite all the vicissitudes. Just now Chairman Kim Jong Un and I had a fruitful discussion, during which we outlined plans for the bright future of the China-DPRK relations and reached a series of important consensus. We agreed that China and the DPRK should inherit and carry forward the traditional friendship unswervingly, and write new chapters of the times. We also agreed that a political settlement of the Korean Peninsula issue conforms to the will of the people and the trend of the times, and that we should continue to hold high the banner of peace and dialogue, and contribute more to the regional and global peace, stability and prosperity.

Xi Jinping said that at present, under the leadership of Chairman Kim Jong Un, the WPK and people of the DPRK have been implementing a new strategic line focusing on the economic development and improvement of people's livelihood. It has set off a new upsurge in the socialist development of the DPRK. We firmly believe that under the leadership of the WPK led by Chairman Kim Jong Un, the DPRK will continue to make new achievements in socialist cause. The Chinese side stands ready to join hands with the DPRK side to build a bright future of enduring peace and common prosperity in the two countries and the region.

In the warm and friendly atmosphere, Xi Jinping and Kim Jong Un exchanged views on the friendship and cooperation between the two countries, and wished China-DPRK relations constant development.

Before the banquet, Xi Jinping accepted the salute from members and alternate members of the Political Bureau of the WPK Central Committee at the building of the WPK Headquarters. Director of the Science and Technology Department and Director of the Mass Organization Department of the WPK Central Committee presented bouquets to General Secretary Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan. Then General Secretary Xi Jinping and his wife and Chairman Kim Jong Un and his wife had a picture taken with other officials in the warm and friendly atmosphere.

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

The DPRK government and party leaders including Choe Ryong Hae, Pak Pong Ju, Kim Jae Ryong, Ri Yong Ho, Ri Man Gon, Pak Kwang Ho, Ri Su Yong, Kim Pyong Hae, Choe Hwi, O Su Yong, Ahn Jong Su, Pak Thae Dok, Pak Thae Sung, Kim Yong Chol, Kim Su Gil, Thae Hyong Chol, Ro Tu Chol, Choe Pu Il, Jo Yong Won, No Kwang Chol, Kim Tok Hun, Ri Ryong Nam, Kim Nung O and Kim Yo Jong attended the evening banquet.

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