Vice Chairman of the Central Committee of the DPRK Workers’ Party Meets with Song Tao
 ( 2017.11.17 )

Pyongyang, November 17th--Choe Ryong-hae, Member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and Vice Chairman of the Central Committee of the DPRK Workers’ Party, met here today on the afternoon with Song Tao, Special Envoy of General Secretary of the CPC Central Committee Xi Jinping and Minister of the International Department of the CPC Central Committee.

Choe welcomed Song to visit the DPRK as the Special Envoy of General Secretary Xi Jinping. Song briefed on the main spirit and historical contributions of the 19th CPC National Congress, and expressed that the Congress established Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era as a guiding ideology for the CPC and enshrined it into Party Constitution. The Congress systematically summarized the historic achievements and reforms of the past five years, made a major judgment that socialism with Chinese characteristics has entered a new era, proposed the goal of building a great modern socialist country by the middle of this century and the strategic arrangement of "two steps", and defined the general requirements of Party building in the new era. Under the firm leadership of the CPC Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping at the core, we are full of confidence in striving for the great success of socialism with Chinese characteristics for a new era, and realizing the Chinese Dream of the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation.

Choe thanked Song for his comprehensive briefing. He said that the 19th CPC National Congress is of great significance for the CPC and the Chinese people. The Congress enshrined Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era into the Party Constitution and elected the new leadership group of the CPC Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping as the core, on which the DPRK Workers’ Party warmly congratulated. It is believed that under the leadership of the CPC Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping at the core, the Chinese people will certainly achieve great accomplishments in building a moderately prosperous society in all respects and striving for the great success of socialism with Chinese characteristic.

Both sides also exchanged views on relations between both countries and both parties, and noted that China-DPRK traditional friendship was forged and fostered in person by the leaders of the older generation of the two countries, which is a common precious treasure for the two peoples. Both sides should make joint efforts to promote the development of relations between both parties and both countries and benefit people of the two countries.

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