Visiting Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi held talks with Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) in Pyongyang on Monday, to discuss relations between their two countries and other issues of common concern.
At the talks, Wang said effectively maintaining, consolidating and developing the friendly cooperation between China and the DPRK is an unswerving policy of the Chinese government, and that the Chinese side is willing to work with the DPRK to implement the important consensus reached by General Secretary Xi Jinping and Chairman Kim Jong Un in a fast and all-round manner, so as to well hold activities to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries, advance friendly exchange and pragmatic cooperation, and enhance communication and cooperation on the international arena.
Speaking on the same occasion, Ri said the Korean Workers' Party and state of the DPRK will always firmly promote the friendship and cooperation with China, noting that the DPRK is willing to work with China to grandly celebrate the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations and further develop bilateral ties in a new era.
The DPRK foreign minister also reiterated that Hong Kong is part of China, and external forces should not interfere in China's internal affairs.
The two sides also carried out in-depth exchanges on the situation of the Korean Peninsula, and agreed to keep close contact in this regard so as to make greater contribution to peace and stability of the region.