Xi Jinping congratulates Kim Jong Un on election as General Secretary of Workers' Party of Korea
Updated 21:15, 11-Jan-2021

General Secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee Xi Jinping on Monday sent a message to Kim Jong Un, congratulating him on election as the General Secretary of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK). 

Kim's election as the top leader of the WPK fully reflects the trust, support and expectation held by all WPK members and the DPRK people have in him, Xi said in his note.

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Kim Jong Un elected as general secretary of ruling party: KCNA

Taking over the position from his late father, Kim became top Party leader from his previous title of chairman - received in 2016, five years after his inauguration - on Sunday. According to Pyongyang's official KCNA, the congress "fully approved" a proposal to promote Kim to being the Party's general secretary.

In his message, Xi delivered congratulations on behalf of the CPC Central Committee and himself. The Chinese leader also highlighted the friendship between China and the DPRK.

"China and the DPRK are socialist neighboring countries that connected by mountains and rivers," Xi said in the message, while vowing to push the close ties forward per the important consensuses the two sides have reached previously.

In terms of the Korean Peninsula issue, Xi suggested political settlement on the matter. He said he hopes to see the two countries jointly safeguard regional peace, stability, development and prosperity, so as to deliver more benefits to both countries and their people.

(With input from Xinhua)

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