Chinese delegation to visit North Korea for key anniversary

SpaceWar.com reports: “A high-level delegation of Chinese officials will visit North Korea this week to attend celebrations for a key national holiday, both sides said Thursday.

Pyongyang celebrates the 75th anniversary of the country’s founding day on September 9 and the nuclear-armed state has previously indicated it will hold a ‘militia parade’ to mark the event.

A delegation headed by China’s vice premier Liu Guozhong ‘will visit the DPRK to participate in the celebrations of the 75th birthday,’ of the country, the official Korean Central News Agency said, using the country’s official acronym.

The visit came ‘on the invitation’ of North Korea’s party and government, it added.

China’s foreign ministry confirmed the trip, saying the delegation will visit North Korea ‘starting from September 8’.

‘We believe that with the joint efforts of both sides, this visit can be a complete success and promote the further deepening and development of China-DPRK ties,’ foreign ministry spokesperson Mao Ning said.

‘China and North Korea are close neighbours connected by mountains and rivers, and the two parties and countries have always maintained a tradition of friendly communication.’

Beijing is North Korea’s most important ally and economic benefactor, their relationship forged in the bloodshed of the Korean War in the 1950s…”

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