China, DPRK vow to develop economic zones
President Hu Jintao has met with one of the DPRK’s top officials Jang Song Thaek in Beijing. The meeting comes near the end of Jang’s six-day visit, which has produced a joint committee for developing two trade zones in the DPRK.
President Hu Jintao extended his warm welcome to Jang Song Thaek, the uncle of DPRK leader Kim Jong-un, and also offered condolences and sympathy regarding the devastation brought by recent flooding in the country. Jang conveyed greetings from Kim.
At a separate meeting on Friday, Premier Wen Jiabao told Jang that the friendship between the two counties has endured historical tests and is a shared treasure to be “doubly cherished.”
Jang Song Thaek is the chief of the central administrative department of the Workers’ Party of Korea.
He arrived in Beijing on Monday and attended a joint committee with Chinese Commerce Minister Chen Deming the next day. The two sides agreed to jointly develop two economic zones in the DPRK near the Chinese border.
The joint economic projects will be in Rason on the DPRK’s coast, adjacent to the Yanbian prefecture in northeast China’s Jilin Province; and in Hwanggumphyong and Wihwa Islands near the estuary of the Yalu River which separates the two countries.
On Thursday, Jang met with Wang Jiarui, head of the International Liaison Department of the Communist Party of China’s Central Committee.
The two sides exchanged views on their domestic situations and other issues of common concern.
During the meeting, Jang said the DPRK is willing to make joint efforts with China to firmly implement the important consensus reached by both leaders.
Jang’s visit is believed to be the latest move signalling the country’s desire to revive its economy.
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President Hu Jintao Receives DPRK Delegation
President Hu Jintao, general secretary of the C.C., the Communist Party of China, met the delegation of the DPRK-China Joint Guidance Committee led by Department Director of the C.C., the Workers’ Party of Korea Jang Song Thaek who paid a courtesy call on him at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Friday. The delegation took part in the third meeting of the DPRK-China Joint Guidance Committee for the joint development and management of the Rason Economic Trade Zone and Hwanggumphyong and Wihwado Economic Zones.
Jang Song Thaek conveyed greetings of the dear respected Kim Jong Un to Hu Jintao.
Expressing deep thanks for this, Hu Jintao requested Jang Song Thaek to convey his warm greetings and sincere congratulations to Kim Jong Un.
Hu Jintao, on behalf of the party, government and people of China, expressed sincere sympathy and consolation over the recent flood that hit the DPRK, causing huge damage.
He hoped that the Korean people would eradicate the aftermath of the disaster and bring the living of the people in the afflicted areas to normal as soon as possible under the leadership of First Secretary Kim Jong Un.
Noting that China and the DPRK are friendly neighbors linked by the same mountain and rivers, he said that the policy of the Chinese party and government to attach importance to and develop the China-DPRK friendship from the strategic viewpoint and on long-term basis would remain unchanged in the future, too.
He expressed his willingness to strengthen the high-ranking visits, cooperation in various fields and the exchange of views on international and regional problems and upgrade the bilateral relations to a new level as agreed by both sides.
He was rejoiced over the fact that the development of the two economic zones has entered a practical phase thanks to the common efforts, wishing that a good example of economic cooperation would be set.
The Chinese party and government support the Korean comrades following the road of development suited to their actual conditions and wish them greater success in their efforts to build a thriving nation under the leadership of First Secretary Kim Jong Un, he said.
The talk proceeded in a comradely and friendly atmosphere.
Present there were members of the DPRK-China Joint Guidance Committee, Ji Jae Ryong, DPRK ambassador to China, Chen Deming, minister of Commerce of China, Wang Jiarui, head of the International Liaison Department of the C.C., the CPC, Zhang Ping, head of the National Development and Reform Committee, Shi Xuren, minister of Finance, Wang Min, secretary of the Liaoning Provincial Committee of the CPC, Sun Zhengcai, secretary of the Jilin Provincial Committee of the CPC, Zhang Zhijun, executive vice-minister of Foreign Affairs, Chen Jian, vice-minister of Commerce, and Liu Hongcai, Chinese ambassador to the DPRK.
Beijing, August 17 (KCNA Correspondent)