Beijing, July 12 (KCNA) — To consolidate and develop traditional Sino-Korean friendship is an unshakable line of the Chinese party and government and true desire of the Chinese people, declared Chen Haosu, president of the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries.
He was addressing a reception hosted on July 12 by the association and the China-Korea Friendship Association on the occasion of the 44th anniversary of the DPRK-China Treaty of Friendship, Cooperation and Mutual Assistance. He said:
China will as ever make tireless efforts to convey through generations and further glorify Sino-Korean friendship together with the Korean friends, upholding the main spirit of the treaty.
Over the last 44 years the treaty has made a major contribution to the defense of the stability of the region and promotion of its development, tiding over the trials of complicated international situation. It has also demonstrated powerful vitality in defending traditional Sino-Korean friendship.
In the period of socialist construction today the two countries are striving to promote their common prosperity and development and defend peace in Asia and the world, sincerely adhering to the spirit of mutual assistance and cooperation.
The hard-working and brave Korean people are registering new successes in the socialist cause by displaying the glorious traditions of independence and hard struggle under the leadership of the Workers’ Party of Korea with Kim Jong Il as its general secretary.
We wholeheartedly hope the Korean people will register greater successes in the cause of building a great prosperous powerful socialist nation, overcoming difficulties, he concluded.
Present at the reception on invitation were Ambassador Choe Jin Su and officials of the DPRK embassy in Beijing.
On hand were Shen Guofang, assistant to the foreign minister, Tan Gialin, assistant to the head of the International Liaison Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, and others.
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