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Tuesday, June 18, 2019, 17:49
Quotable quotes of Xi on China-DPRK relations
By Xinhua
Tuesday, June 18, 2019, 17:49 By Xinhua

Xi Jinping (left), general secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China and Chinese president, holds a welcoming ceremony for Kim Jong-un, chairman of the Workers' Party of Korea and chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, before their talks at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, Jan 8, 2019. (PHOTO / XINHUA)

BEIJING - Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and Chinese president, will pay a state visit to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) on June 20-21, at the invitation of Kim Jong-un, chairman of the Workers' Party of Korea and chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the DPRK.

The following is a selection of Xi's remarks on China-DPRK relations.

ON BILATERAL TIES

- The CPC and the Chinese government highly value China-DPRK relations, and this is a principle that China unswervingly adheres to.

- The Chinese side supports the DPRK people to explore a development path suited to its national conditions under the leadership of Kim, and hopes that the DPRK will have a promising future in all its endeavors.

- Calling China and the DPRK friendly neighbors linked by mountains and rivers, Xi said he attaches great importance to the China-DPRK traditional friendship and cooperative relations.

Xi Jinping (right), general secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and Chinese president, holds talks with Kim Jong-un, chairman of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) and chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), in Dalian, Northeast China's Liaoning province, on May 7-8. (JU PENG / XINHUA)

- Xi said he and Kim had reached important consensus on the development of China-DPRK party-to-party and state-to-state relations in the new era during their four meetings since 2018.

- Comrade Chairman's visit to China at the beginning of 2019, which marks the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the China-DPRK diplomatic relationship, fully embodied the great importance Comrade Chairman attaches to the two countries' traditional friendship and Comrade Chairman's friendship with the CPC and the Chinese people.

- I am willing to work hand-in-hand with Comrade Chairman to promote China-DPRK relations for long-term, healthy and sound development so as to benefit both countries and both peoples and to boost regional peace and security.

Chinese President Xi Jinping (right) talks with Kim Jong-un, the DPRK's top leader, in Dalian, where the two met on May 7, 2018 and May 8, 2018 to discuss the Korean Peninsula situation. (XIE HUANCHI / XINHUA)

ON KOREAN PENINSULA

- The political settlement of the Peninsula issue faces a rare historical opportunity.

- China will, as always, support the amelioration of inter-Korean relations and facilitate reconciliation and cooperation between the two sides.

Xi Jinping (2nd right), general secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and Chinese president, and his wife Peng Liyuan (1st right), meet with Kim Jong-un (2nd left), chairman of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) and chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), and his wife Ri Sol-ju at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China. (JU PENG / XINHUA)

- China stands ready to work with the DPRK and relevant parties to play a positive and constructive role in maintaining peace and stability and realizing denuclearization on the peninsula and lasting peace and stability in the region.

- China supports the DPRK's continued adherence to the direction of denuclearization on the peninsula, supports the continuous improvement of inter-Korean relations, supports the DPRK and the United States holding summits and achieving results, and supports relevant parties resolving their respective legitimate concerns through dialogue. 

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