On the afternoon of April 23, 2012, Hu Jintao, General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and Chinese President, held talks at the Great Hall of the People with a Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) delegation from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK). The delegation was headed by Minister of the International Department of the WPK Kim Yong Il, also alternate member of the Political Bureau and secretary of the central committee of the WPK.
Hu expressed congratulations on behalf the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) to Kim Jong Un on his election as the First Secretary of the WPK.
Hu said the success of the Fourth WPK Conference and the fifth session of the 12th Supreme People's Assembly, at which Kim Jong Un was elected the supreme leader, will be remembered as a major event in the political life of the WPK and the DPRK people. He described it as significant for the future in construction of the DPRK's ruling party and nation. The president expressed confidence that, under Kim Jong Un, the WPK and DPRK government will lead its people to blaze new trails and make new achievements in the cause of building a prosperous and strong country.
During the meeting, Hu said the traditional China-DPRK friendship was created and fostered by older generations of leaders and has become a common wealth of both countries. Hu said that advancing friendship and cooperation between China and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) will continue to be the guideline of the ruling party and government of China. China will as always work with DPRK comrades to maintain high-level contact and exchanges between the political parties, promote practical cooperation and good-neighborly friendship and strengthen communication and coordination on major regional and international issues based on the spirit of inheriting the tradition, facing the future, carrying on good-neighborly friendship and strengthening cooperation, said Hu. He added the two sides will make unremitting efforts to maintain peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula, realize long-term security of Northeast Asia and promote common development.
Kim Yong Il said Kim Jong Un's election as First Secretary of the WPK and First Chairman of the National Defence Commission laid a solid foundation for the DPRK to carry through the unfulfilled will of late DPRK leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il and advance the cause of revolution and construction. Kim Yong Il said the DPRK is delighted to see China's achievements under the leadership of the CPC in implementing scientific development and building a harmonious society.
He added the tradition of friendship between the ruling parties and the two countries was cherished by past leaders. The DPRK side is delighted to see strengthening relations between the two countries. Kim Yong Il said cooperation between the WPK and CPC followed the teachings of late Chairman Kim Il Sung and late General Secretary Kim Jong Il and it will remain the firm stance of the WPK. He said the DPRK will as always work hard to advance relations between the ruling parties and the two countries.
State Councilor Dai Bingguo and Wang Jiarui, head of the International Department of the CPC Central Committee attended the meeting.