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DPRK, China mark 50th anniversary of friendship treaty
2011/07/12

PYONGYANG, July 11 (Xinhua) -- Visiting Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Dejiang on Monday attended a banquet to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Treaty of Friendship, Cooperation and Mutual Assistance Between China and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).

Present at the banquet, held at People's Palace of Culture of Pyongyang by DPRK-China Friendship Association, were Choe Thae Bok, chairman of DPRK's Supreme People's Assembly (SPA) and Workers' Party of Korea (WPK), Deputy Premier Ro Du Chol and Chairperson of the Korean Committee for Cultural Relations with Foreign Countries Kim Jong Suk.

In his speech, Zhang said that developing China-DPRK friendship and cooperation is in the fundamental interests of the two peoples.

China-DPRK friendship has stood severe tests of the volatile international situation, demonstrating its enormous vitality, he said.

China is ready to work with the DPRK to implement the important consensus reached by leaders of the two countries and elevate bilateral ties to a higher level, said Zhang.

Kim Jong Suk, for her part, said that it is the DPRK's consistent policy to carry on the traditional DPRK-China friendship from generation to generation.

Extending her congratulations on the significant achievements since the founding of the Communist Party of China 90 years ago, Kim wished China greater success in the course of thoroughly applying the Scientific Outlook on Development and building a moderately prosperous society in all respects.

Zhang, who arrived here Sunday, is heading a Chinese delegation to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the friendship treaty.

On Sunday he visited the Kumsusan Memorial Palace and paid tribute to late DPRK President Kim Il Sung.

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