In a historic announcement, Chinese President Xi Jinping and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un declared 2024 as the China-DPRK Friendship Year, marking the 75th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two nations. The announcement was made during New Year greetings exchanged between the leaders.
Highlighting the enduring friendship rooted in history, President Xi emphasized the strong bond between China and the DPRK, forged by previous generations of leaders during revolutionary struggles and deepened throughout socialist development. The leaders have maintained close communication, fostering practical cooperation, strategic coordination, and collaboration in various international affairs to bolster bilateral ties.
President Xi reaffirmed China’s commitment to a long-term, strategic perspective in handling China-DPRK relations. Both nations are poised to use the Friendship Year as an opportunity to strengthen mutual trust, deepen exchanges, and enhance cooperation for the benefit of their peoples. The leaders expressed a shared goal of contributing to regional peace and stability.
In response, Kim Jong-un acknowledged the evolving stage of socialist development in both countries amid global complexities. He underscored the unbreakable DPRK-China friendship, rooted in the joint struggle for socialism, and emphasized the significance of showcasing this enduring bond throughout the Friendship Year.
Kim highlighted the need to further deepen friendship, unity, and cooperation to safeguard regional and global peace and stability. As both countries embark on this milestone year, they aim to reinforce their diplomatic ties and make new contributions to the well-being of their peoples and the stability of the region.