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Rodong Sinmun on Kim Jong Il's Exploits in Developing DPRK-China Friendship
Pyongyang, June 2 (KCNA) -- Leader Kim Jong Il conducted energetic external activities by making a 6 250 km-long journey to China by train from June 1 to 13, Juche 72 (1983).

Rodong Sinmun Sunday dedicates an editorial to the 30th anniversary of his historic maiden visit to China.

The visit, his first foreign tour, marked a historic event of great significance in boosting the DPRK-China down through generations, the editorial says, and goes on:

The 30 year-long history since this visit indicates that the DPRK-China friendship is an unbreakable one.

During his visit to China he said that the traditional relations of friendship between the two parties and peoples should be carried forward down through generations as the revolutionary struggle of the two peoples continues generation after generation, clarifying the fixed position of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) that the Korean people will stand by the side of the Chinese people forever in carrying out the common cause of building socialism against imperialism.

He visited China eight times in the 2000s.

Remarkable successes have been achieved in socialist construction of China.

The Korean people sincerely hope the Chinese people would register greater progress in the struggle to build a comprehensively well-off society by embodying the spirit of the 18th Congress of the Communist Party of China in all fields and successfully attaining the grand target of economic construction under the 12th Five-Year Plan.

It is the earnest behests of President Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il to boost the DPRK-China friendship generation after generation.

The dear respected Kim Jong Un is paying deep attention to developing the DPRK-China friendship, true to the noble intention of the great Generalissimos Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il.

Kim Jong Un sent his special envoy to China recently who conveyed his personal letter to Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China.

The WPK and the Korean people will in the future, too, make positive efforts to boost the bonds of the DPRK-China friendship, which stood the test of history, as desired by Kim Jong Il.

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