China, North Korea laud Kim’s visit to Beijing
Pyongyang targets health industry to boost foreign trade amid sanctions
By Liu Xuanzun and Ji Yuqiao Source:Global Times|
Beijing and Pyongyang on Thursday hailed North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s visit to China as a significant trip to make “new contributions” to the bilateral ties that opened a new chapter in 2018.
The Chinese side spoke highly of Kim’s visit coming at the beginning of 2019 and in a year that marks the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between the two countries, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang said at a routine press conference on Thursday.
North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) also called Kim’s trip a “historic visit” after elaborating the tour in a detailed article on Thursday.
Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan hosted a welcome banquet for Kim and his wife upon his arrival in Beijing on Tuesday, the reported birthday of the North Korean leader.
Kim said he was grateful to Xi for taking time from a busy schedule at the beginning of the year to receive the North Korean delegation, the KCNA reported.
Kim on Wednesday visited a Tong Ren Tang pharmaceutical plant in Yizhuang, where he inspected relevant processing and production lines of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) that use both traditional and modern techniques.