Li Keqiang Meets with Kim Yong Nam, President of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK)
On October 24, 2011, Chinese Vice Premier Li Keqiang, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, met with Kim Yong Nam, a member of the Presidium of Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) and President of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) in the Mansudae Assembly Hall, Pyongyang.
Li first conveyed the cordial greetings and good wishes from President Hu Jintao and Chairman Wu Bangguo to Kim Yong Nam. Li said that, thanks to the care of both countries' top leaders and efforts made by both sides, the China-DPRK friendship and cooperation have been constantly deepened, as evidenced by the frequent exchanges of high-level visits. Economic and trade cooperation between the two sides has also been continuously strengthened as their cooperation projects have made steady progress, he said, adding the two countries have also seen active cultural exchanges and maintained close communication and coordination in international and regional affairs. Li said China is willing to work with the DPRK to continue to deepen their exchanges and cooperation in various fields and advance bilateral ties.
Li said China is currently implementing the 12th Five-Year Plan, accelerating the transformation of economic development mode, deepening reform and opening up and improving people's livelihood. Li said during the visit he has seen the new achievements of DPRK in developing economy, improving people's livelihood and promoting socialist construction. "China would like to strengthen communications with the DPRK through various channels to further deepen the understanding and friendship between the two peoples and push forward bilateral ties," he said. He said China supported the DPRK's active efforts in improving the external environment as well as the U.S.-DPRK dialogue, the improvement of North-South relations and the resumption of the Six-Party Talks, adding China would also strive to maintain peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula and in Northeastern Asia.
Kim asked Li to convey his cordial greetings to President Hu and Chairman Wu. The DPRK-China friendship has stood the tests of history and become firmer. In recent years, the two countries have maintained frequent high-level exchanges and carried out pragmatic cooperation in various fields. Li's visit will greatly promote the development of bilateral ties. The DPRK party and government are firmly committed to consolidating and developing the DPRK-China traditional friendship and are willing to work with China from a strategic perspective to promote bilateral political, economic and cultural cooperation.