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China calls for closer Sino-DPRK ties

By Agencies

China calls for closer Sino-DPRK ties
In this Oct 9, 2015 photo provided by Xinhua News Agency, DPRK leader Kim Jong-un, left, shakes hands with Liu Yunshan, right, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, in Pyongyang. (Li Tao/Xinhua News Agency via AP)

PYONGYANG - China said it wants to strengthen ties with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), which was set to hold a massive military parade in the capital on Saturday to mark the 70th anniversary of its ruling Workers' Party.

In a letter delivered by Liu Yunshan, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, Chinese leader Xi Jinping said China attached vital importance to its relationship with the DPRK, China's official Xinhua news agency said late on Friday.

Xi said in the letter that China had "been striving to treat the bilateral relations from a strategic and long-term perspective". Liu reiterated China's position that it wanted an early resumption of the so-called six-party talks on the nuclear issue.

"The Chinese side is willing to seek closer communication and deepen cooperation, pushing for a long-term, healthy and stable development of the Sino-DPRK ties," Xi said in the letter cited by Xinhua.

Earlier on Friday, Xi sent a message to Kim to congratulate him on the 70th anniversary of the founding of the WPK.

Kim, who is in his early thirties, told the visiting Chinese delegation on Friday that the DPRK was also keen to bolster ties, the North's official KCNA news agency said on Saturday.

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