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Anniversary of Opening of DPRK-China Diplomatic Ties Observed

Korean Central News Agency of DPRK

    Pyongyang, October 6 (KCNA) -- Newspapers Wednesday dedicate editorial articles to the 55th anniversary of the opening of the DPRK-China diplomatic relations. The Chinese people established diplomatic ties with the DPRK before any other country on October 6, 1949, five days after the proclamation of their republic. This was strong support and encouragement to the just cause of the Korean people who were traversing an untrodden path to build a new country under the complicated situation created just one year after the foundation of the DPRK, Rodong Sinmun notes, and goes on:
    The establishment of the diplomatic ties was an epochal event of weighty significance in developing the friendly and cooperative relations between the DPRK and China.
    The flower garden of the DPRK-China friendship was provided and tended by President Kim Il Sung and Chinese leaders of the elder generation, and it has come into fuller bloom generation after generation.
    In recent years leader Kim Jong Il paid historic visits to China several times and the DPRK was visited by respected Jiang Zemin and Wu Bangguo. These were significant events that opened a brilliant chapter in the history of the bilateral friendship.
    The successful China visit by Kim Jong Il in April this year, in particular, marked a momentous occasion of historic significance in developing the bilateral relations of friendship and cooperation on a new higher level. In the run-up to the 55th anniversary of the opening of bilateral diplomatic relations, a party and government delegation and an art troupe of China visited the DPRK last September, which clearly proved that a new collective leadership of China has attached great importance to the development of the bilateral friendly relations.
    The recent fourth plenary meeting of the 16th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China decided to nominate Hu Jintao as chairman of the CPC Central Military Commission, which is indicative of deep trust of the CPC, army and people in him.
    The Korean people are rejoiced as over their own over the fact that the national power of China is growing stronger and its international position is rising. They extend firm solidarity to the Chinese people in their efforts for socialist modernization and complete reunification of the whole country.
    It is the common desire and will of the two parties and peoples of the DPRK and China to set store by the bilateral friendship sealed in blood and consolidate and develop it generation after generation.
    Our party and people will as ever work hard to steadily strengthen and develop the DPRK-China friendship, the daily declares.
    Minju Joson says that the joint efforts of the two peoples to develop the bilateral friendship will bring the flower garden of the DPRK-China friendship into fuller bloom with the passage of time.

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