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China Seeks to Strengthen Relations with North Korea, Says Top Legislator on Visit: Xinhua Reports

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FILE PHOTO: Zhao Leji, the head of the National People's Congress attends a meeting with France's President Emmanuel Macron, at the Great Hall of the People, in Beijing, China, Thursday, April 6, 2023. Thibault Camus/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo

Top legislator of China, Zhao Leji, expressed a willingness to enhance trust and collaboration with North Korea’s leadership during a speech in Pyongyang, as reported by the official Xinhua news agency on Friday.

Zhao is on an official goodwill visit to North Korea from Thursday to Saturday and delivered a speech at the opening ceremony of the China-DPRK Friendship Year, as reported by Xinhua.

DPRK stands for the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, which is North Korea’s official name.

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Zhao is the most senior Chinese official to visit North Korea since Li Zhanshu attended the 70th anniversary of the nation’s founding in 2018. Zhao pointed out that the top leaders of the two countries have met five times in recent years.

“No matter how the international situation changes, the traditional friendship between China and the DPRK, created and nurtured by the older generation of leaders from both parties and countries, remains deep-rooted and strong over time,” Zhao was quoted as saying.

With Inputs from Reuters