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China ready to advance ties with DPRK: Hu

BEIJING, May 26 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Hu Jintao said China will work with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) to seek continuous growth of bilateral friendly and cooperative relationship.

Hu made the pledge in talks with Kim Jong Il, general secretary of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) and chairman of the National Defense Commission of the DPRK.

Kim paid an unofficial visit to China from May 20 to 26 as guest of Hu, general secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC).

Hu extended warm welcome to Kim on behalf of the CPC, the Chinese government and the Chinese people, saying the visit fully reflects the great attention Kim and the WPK Central Committee paid to consolidating and developing China-DPRK traditional friendship and will definitely bring bilateral relationship to a higher level.

With great attention to the DPRK-China ties, Kim has paid three visits to China since May of last year and repeatedly stressed that the younger generation should pass on the DPRK-China friendship, Hu said.

Hu spoke highly of the new progress in China-DPRK relations, saying the two sides have frequently exchanged high-level visits, deepened trade and economic cooperation, sought active people-to-people exchanges, maintained close communication and coordination on Korean Peninsular situation and other major issues, and jointly safeguarded peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula.

Hu stressed the CPC and the Chinese government have always dealt with China-DPRK ties from a strategic and long-term perspective.

The Chinese side has firmly adhered to the spirit of carrying forward tradition, embracing the future, maintaining good-neighborly friendship and strengthening cooperation, and unswervingly observed the principle of consolidating and developing China-DPRK relations, Hu said.

Hu said China will work with the DPRK to boost the continuous growth of bilateral friendly and cooperative relationship and promote regional peace, stability and prosperity. Hu made five proposals on bilateral ties:

-- Step up high-level visits and deepen China-DPRK friendship. He welcomed DPRK leaders to visit China.

-- Make more efforts to share experiences on party building and state governance and promote economic and social development.

-- Improve mutually beneficial cooperation to benefit the two peoples.

-- Deepen exchanges in culture, education and sports, particularly the exchanges among young people, to pass on China-DPRK friendship from generation to generation.

-- Increase communication and maintain coordination on international and regional situations as well as crucial issues, and jointly safeguard regional peace and stability.

Kim expressed appreciation for Hu's warm invitation and hospitality, saying that he fully agreed with Hu's proposals on developing relations between the two parties and countries.

He hailed the precious friendship between the two peoples, saying it is a great historic mission for both countries to pass on friendship from generation to generation.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the signing of the DPRK-China Treaty of Friendship, Cooperation and Mutual Assistance. The treaty is significant as it is an important heritage of leaders of the old generations of the two countries, Kim said.

Kim pledged to inherit the traditions of leaders of the old generations and make joint efforts with China to promote the stronger growth of DPRK-China friendship.

Kim invited Hu to visit the DPRK, which Hu accepted with pleasure.

During Kim's stay in Beijing, Hu also hosted a welcoming banquet in honor of Kim.

Wen Jiabao, member of the Political Bureau Standing Committee of the CPC Central Committee and Chinese premier, also met with Kim in Beijing.

Members of the Political Bureau Standing Committee of the CPC Central Committee Jia Qinglin, Li Changchun, Xi Jinping, Li Keqiang, He Guoqiang and Zhou Yongkang also met with Kim or accompanied him in various activities during his week-long China tour.

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