There’s a saying that ten years are enough to change mountains and rivers.
Yet there’s one thing etched with golden letters in the history of DPRK-China friendship, which shines more brightly without fading away even with the passage of time.
That is the revolutionary exploits of Chairman Kim Jong Il, who devoted indefatigable efforts to enriching the flower garden of DPRK-China friendship.
10 years ago, on August 25~27, 2011, Chairman Kim Jong Il paid visit to the northeastern region of China as the last foreign visit during his revolutionary lifetime.
During his visit, Chairman Kim Jong Il, receiving cordial hospitality from the Chinese Party and government, visited Hailar district of Hulunbeier city in Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, Qiqihar Second Machine Tool Group, Ltd. in Heilongjiang Province, Tonghua Wine Co., Ltd. in Tonghua city, Jilin Province etc. and got much more in-depth knowledge about feelings of the Chinese people, their customs, politics, the economy, history and culture.
The visit to the northeastern region of the People’s Republic of China by Chairman Kim Jong Il served as yet another significant occasion of powerfully demonstrating the traditional relations of friendship and cooperation between the two Parties and countries and further consolidating ties of friendship between the peoples of the two countries.
In retrospect, Chairman Kim Jong Il visited China in June 1983 as his first historic foreign visit. During his visit, he met and had friendly talks in amicable atmosphere with Comrade Deng Xiaoping and other Chinese leaders of elder generations, deepening comradely friendship. Thenceforth, he visited China eight times and left indelible traces in the annals of DPRK-China friendship.
The traditional relations of friendship between the DPRK and China – forged and developed by President Kim Il Sung and Chairman Kim Jong Il together with Chinese leaders of elder generations – is further developing onto a new higher level amid the joint struggle for socialism thanks to the special personal relations forged between Comrade Kim Jong Un, President of the State Affairs of the DPRK and President Xi Jinping of the PRC.
Immortal revolutionary exploits accomplished by Chairman Kim Jong Il for the development of relations with China will shine forever along with the history of DPRK-China friendship with socialism as its core.
Cha Yun Ho
Member of Korea-China Association for Civil Exchange Promotion