Leaders of North Korea, China vow to strengthen ties

The North Korean and Chinese leaders have expressed their desire to further strengthen their ties as they exchange messages marking the 60th anniversary of their countries’ defense treaty

The Associated Press
FILE – In this June 20, 2019, file photo provided by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, right, poses with Chinese President Xi Jinping for a photo at Kumsusan guest house in Pyongyang, North Korea. The North Korean and Chinese leaders expressed their desire Sunday, July 11, 2021, to further strengthen their ties as they exchanged messages marking the 60th anniversary of their countries’ defense treaty. In a message to Xi, Kim said it is “the fixed stand” of his government to “ceaselessly develop the friendly and cooperative relations” between the countries, the official Korean Central News Agency said. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP, File)

SEOUL, South Korea — The North Korean and Chinese leaders expressed their desire Sunday to further strengthen their ties as they exchanged messages marking the 60th anniversary of their countries’ defense treaty.

In a message to Chinese President Xi Jinping, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said it is “the fixed stand” of his government to “ceaselessly develop the friendly and cooperative relations” between the countries, the state-run Korean Central News Agency said.

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Xi said in his message that China and North Korea have “unswervingly supported each other,” according to China’s official Xinhua News Agency.

“The world has recently seen accelerating changes unprecedented over the past century,” Xi said. “I wish to … lead bilateral relations to unceasingly rise to new levels to the benefit of the two countries and their peoples.”

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Kim said in his message that the bilateral treaty “is displaying its stronger vitality in defending and propelling the socialist cause of the two countries … now that the hostile forces become more desperate in their challenge and obstructive moves.”

Under the 1961 Treaty of Friendship, Cooperation, and Mutual Assistance, North Korea and China are committed to offering one another immediate military and other aid in the event of an attack.

North Korea-China ties go back to the 1930s, when Kim Il Sung, the grandfather of Kim Jong Un, led Korean guerrillas as they fought alongside Chinese soldiers against Japanese colonizers in northeastern China. The two countries established diplomatic relations in 1949, one year before North Korea launched a surprise attack on South Korea and started a three-year war that killed hundreds of thousands of people.

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China fought alongside North Korea during the 1950-53 Korean War, while U.S.-led U.N. forces supported South Korea. About 28,500 U.S. soldiers are still stationed in South Korea to deter potential aggression from North Korea. China doesn’t deploy troops in North Korea.

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