China-DPRK relations open a new chapter in 2019: FM spokesman
Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China and Chinese president, on Tuesday held talks with Kim Jong Un, chairman of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) and chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), who arrived in Beijing on the same day.
The two leaders had a deep and friendly conversation, exchanging ideas on issues of common concern and informing each other of their respective countries' situations.
"China attaches great importance to cooperation with DPRK. Maintaining, consolidating and developing good relations with DPRK have always been a unswerving policy of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and Chinese government," Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Lu Kang said.
He added that the two sides are firmly determined to jointly push the settlement of the Korean Peninsula issue.
China is willing to maintain high-level exchanges and strengthen strategic communication with the DPRK, taking the opportunity of the 70th anniversary of the establishment of China-DPRK diplomatic relationship, he added.