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China, North Korea reaffirm 'friendly, cooperative' ties

ANI  |  Seoul [South Korea] 

North Korean held delegation-level talks with his Chinese counterpart and touted "friendly and cooperative" relations between and Pyongyang, the North Korean said on Thursday.

Ri and Wang had an "in-depth and extensive discussion" on ways of improving bilateral ties and discussed mutual issues concerning the current situation of the Korean Peninsula, the North's Korean (KCNA) said, citing a report by South's

"They also candidly exchanged their opinions on the matters of mutual concern including the situation on the Both sides welcome the planned summit between the and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK)," the report said.

Wang, who arrived in on Wednesday is on a two-day visit. He is the first Chinese to visit in 11 years.

The visit comes after the two Koreas held a historic summit at Panmunjom in the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) last week. Both the Korean countries agreed to end hostilities and sign a peace treaty later this year to end the 65-year-old Korean War and the complete denuclearisation of the peninsula.

Wang's visit to also comes as relations between and have begun to improve, following the latter's repeated nuclear tests and missile provocations. Also, North Korea is China's sole and longtime economic ally.

On a related note, North Korean made a surprised and an unannounced visit to in March and met with to improve bilateral relations between the two countries.

Kim's visit to was the first visit by the North Korean leader after he came to power in 2011. Subsequently, Ri visited last month on a rare diplomatic trip and held talks with Wang, discussing the outcome of meet.

Chinese is scheduled to visit North Korea soon.

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First Published: Thu, May 03 2018. 09:33 IST