Greetings exchanged between Kim Jong Il and Hu Jintao

From KCNA.

Kim Jong Il Sends Greetings to Hu Jintao

Pyongyang, January 1 (KCNA) — General Secretary Kim Jong Il Thursday sent a message of greetings to Hu Jintao, General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, President of the People’s Republic of China and Chairman of the Central Military Commission of the PRC, on the occasion of the New Year 2009.

The message said:

I extend warm congratulations and greetings to you and, through you, to the CPC, the government of the PRC and the Chinese people, on the occasion of the New Year 2009.

2009 which will mark the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the DPRK and the PRC is a significant year which the peoples of the two countries agreed to celebrate as a “year of the DPRK-China friendship”.

By significantly adorning the new year as a “year of the DPRK-China friendship” the peoples of the two countries will further deepen the mutual understanding and friendship and record another shining page in the history of the development of the DPRK-China friendly ties.

Our two countries are the friendly neighbors linked by the same mountain and rivers and the DPRK-China friendship is the precious common treasure handed down by the revolutionaries of the elder generation of the two countries.

Expressing the belief that the traditional DPRK-China friendly ties deeply rooted in the minds of the peoples of the two countries would grow stronger thanks to the efforts of the two sides in the new year, I sincerely wish you good health and happiness and the friendly people of your country big success in the struggle to significantly greet the 60th anniversary of the founding of the PRC under the leadership of the CPC with you as general secretary.

Greetings to Kim Jong Il from Hu Jintao

Pyongyang, January 1 (KCNA) — General Secretary Kim Jong Il Thursday received a message of greetings from Hu Jintao, General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, President of the People’s Republic of China and Chairman of the Central Military Commission of the PRC, on the occasion of the New Year 2009.

The message said:

I, on behalf of the Communist Party of China, the Chinese government and people and on my own behalf, extend heartfelt greetings and warm wishes to you and, through you, to the Workers’ Party of Korea and the Korean government and people on the occasion of the New Year 2009.

Availing myself of this opportunity I, together with you, declare the formal start of “year of China-DPRK friendship” and extend warm congratulations to you on it.

China and the DPRK are friendly neighbors linked by the same mountain and rivers and the peoples of the two countries have deep-rooted and close traditional friendship.

This year marks the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

Over the past six decades, the Sino-Korean friendly and cooperative relations have been steadily strengthened and developed despite many ordeals of history by the joint efforts of both sides.

Frequent visits at different levels have been conducted, brisk cooperation made in all domains, and excellent coordination and cooperation maintained in solving international and regional issues between the two sides.

All the facts prove that development of the Sino-Korean friendly and cooperative relations conforms with the basic interests and common desire of the peoples of the two countries and it has made positive contribution to keeping regional peace and stability.

The “year of China-DPRK friendship” symbolizes the continuous development of the bilateral relations.

In this significant year, the Chinese side, together with the DPRK side, will hold colorful events to boost friendship, promote exchanges and intensify cooperation and thus jointly bring about more beautiful tomorrow of the Sino-Korean friendly and cooperative relations.

I wish for prosperity of your country and happiness of its people.

I wish for perfect success of the “year of China-DPRK friendship.”

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