BY SILVI WRITER and XINHUA
Beijing is to provide “utmost assistance” for Pyongyang’s to address security and development concerns, visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping told the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s paramount leader Kim Jong-Un on Thursday, Xinhua News Agency reported in a Chinese story.
This is by far the clearest message that China is willing to provide its communist neighbor some sort of security guarantee.
It comes only two days after Xi’s phone conversation with US President Donald Trump during which they discussed other issues that they are both concerned, other than the trade war.
Xi and Trump are expected to meet in the upcoming G20 summit in Japan later this month.
During his meeting with Kim on Thursday, Xi said China support promoting political settlement of the Korean Peninsula issue.
“China is willing to offer utmost assistance for the DPRK to address reasonable security and development concerns, and is willing to enhance coordination and cooperation with the DPRK and all other parties concerned to play a constructive role to realize non-nuclearization and the region’s long-term peace and security of the peninsula,” Xi said, according to Xinhua.
He also said the international society wishes the DPRK and the US to continue talks to achieve fruitful results.
The top leaders of China and the DPRK also agreed to work together to create a bright future of inter-party and inter-state relations at a new starting point in history.
The China-DPRK friendship is a strategic choice made by the two sides with a long-term and overall perspective and will not waver due to changes in the international situation, Xi said, adding that the friendship accords with the aspirations of both peoples, the fundamental interests of both countries and the development trend of the times.
Noting that China-DPRK ties have now entered a new historical period, Xi said that the CPC and the Chinese government attach great importance to the friendly and cooperative relations between the two countries, and that it is a steadfast policy of the CPC and the Chinese government to maintain, consolidate and develop China-DPRK relations.
For his part, Kim expressed a hearty welcome to Xi’s visit on behalf of the party, government and people of the DPRK, noting that more than 250,000 people flocked to the streets in Pyongyang to welcome Xi.
The visit, which comes upon the 70th anniversary of bilateral diplomatic ties, represents a huge encouragement and political support for the party, government and people of the DPRK, and bears great significance in the history of DPRK-China relations, he added.
Kim said that he fully agrees with the insightful analysis and future plan Xi made on bilateral relations, and that it is an unswerving policy of the DPRK’s party and government to carry forward the DPRK-China friendship from generation to generation.