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Reception Given in Honor of Chinese Minister of National Defense

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

    Pyongyang, April 5 (KCNA) -- The Ministry of the People's Armed Forces arranged a reception in honor of the visiting Chinese minister of National Defense on April 4. Present there on invitation were Col. General Cao Gangchuan, member of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee and vice-chairman of the Central Military Commission of the Communist Party of China, state councilor and minister of National Defense of the People's Republic of China, and his party and Ambassador Wu Donghe, Military Attache Yang Xilian and other officials of the Chinese embassy here. Present there were Vice Marshal of the Korean People's Army Kim Il Chol, member of the DPRK National Defence Commission and minister of the People's Armed Forces, Kim Jong Gak, vice-minister of the People's Armed Forces, and KPA general officers and officers.
    Kim Il Chol in his speech said that today both sides had a fruitful exchange of views on the issue of boosting the friendly and cooperative relations between the armies of the two countries and other issues of mutual concern in a friendly atmosphere and reached a consensus on them.
    He went on:
    We will in the future, too, set great store by the DPRK-China friendship forged through the protracted joint efforts made with the Chinese comrades and rooted deep in the hearts of the armies and peoples of the two countries and exert every effort to steadily boost it.
    The Chinese party and government set a higher goal of building a comprehensively well-off society and have powerfully encouraged all the Chinese people to attain it, thus achieving shining successes that attract the attention of the world. The international position of China is daily rising as its economy is steadily growing, the people's living standard is improving as the days go by and it is pursuing a peace-loving foreign policy in the international arena.
    He wished the Chinese army and people greater successes in the drive to build socialism with Chinese characteristics, achieve the reunification of the whole country and develop the Chinese People's Liberation Army into strong elite forces. Cao Gangchuan said in his speech that the Sino-DPRK friendship is a precious legacy the leaders of the elder generation of the two countries bequeathed to them. He continued:
    The Sino-DPRK friendship has not only given an impetus to socialist construction in the two countries but played a big role in preserving regional peace and stability. In recent years, the army and people of the DPRK have registered great successes in the course of building a prosperous powerful nation, overcoming the manifold difficulties in the sprit of self-reliance and fortitude and made great progress in their efforts to improve external environment under the leadership of the Workers' Party of Korea headed by General Secretary Kim Jong Il. We are sincerely rejoiced over them. The Chinese people support the DPRK people's adherence to the orientation of the socialist development, the DPRK comrades' positive exploration of ways of its development suited to the actual conditions of their country, the stand on independence and peaceful reunification set forth and maintained by the DPRK side and its efforts to improve the international environment.
    To steadily consolidate and boost the Sino-DPRK friendly relations is in the basic interests of the two countries as it reflects the common desire of the peoples of the two countries, he said, adding: The Chinese comrades consistently and highly value the traditional friendship between China and the DPRK and are ready to keep promoting the development of the friendship together with the DPRK comrades.

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