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Pak Pong Ju Pays Courtesy Call on Hu Jintao

Korean Central News Agency of DPRK via Korea News Service (KNS)

    Beijing, March 23 (KCNA Correspondent) -- Pak Pong Ju, premier of the DPRK Cabinet, on an official goodwill visit to China paid a courtesy call on Hu Jintao, general secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China and president of the People's Republic of China, at the Great Hall of the People on Mar. 23. Pak Pong Ju conveyed the greetings from leader Kim Jong Il to Hu Jintao.
    Hu Jintao thanked for them and asked Pak Pong Ju to transmit his warm regards to Kim Jong Il.
    Hu Jintao recalled that he had an in-depth exchange of views on the bilateral relations, international and regional issues and shared understanding during Kim Jong Il's China visit last year.
    Kim Jong Il's visit to China put spurs to the development of the traditional bilateral friendly relations and opened a new page in the history of the Sino-DPRK friendly ties, he stressed, and continued:
    China and the DPRK are friendly neighbors linked by the same mountain and river and the warm friendly feelings exist between the parties, governments and peoples of the two countries. It is the consistent policy of the party and government of China to set store by and develop the Sino-DPRK friendly ties.
    The Chinese people are rejoiced at the successes made by the people of the DPRK in the socialist construction under the leadership of the Workers' Party of Korea headed by General Secretary Kim Jong Il.
    He wished the Korean people greater success in the socialist construction this year marking the 60th anniversary of the WPK.
    On hand were Vice-Premier of the DPRK Cabinet Ro Tu Chol, Chairman of the State Planning Commission Kim Kwang Rin, Minister of Foreign Trade Rim Kyong Man, DPRK Ambassador to China Choe Jin Su, Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs Kim Hyong Jun, Vice-Minister of Agriculture Kim Hyok Jin, Vice-Minister of Chemical Industry Han Sung Jun and other suite members.
    Present there were Minister of Foreign Affairs of China Li Zhaoxing, Chinese Ambassador to the DPRK Wu Donghe, Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs Wu Dawei and officials concerned.
    The conversation proceeded in a comradely atmosphere.

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