-Days after North Korea made headlines with fresh missile tests, a delegation from Pyongyang has met with Chinese officials in Beijing. It was headed by a high-ranking military official, Kim Su-gil, director of the General Political Bureau of the Korean People’s Army.
Quoted by the media after the meeting, the Chinese general who spoke to Kim signaled that Chinese-North Korean military ties only look to strengthen further.
“The Chinese People’s Liberation Army is ready to work along North Korea to implement the important consensus, which was achieved by the leaders of our nations,” Gen. Zhang Youxia, vice chairman of China’s Central Military Commission, said, adopting an official tone.
He also assured his audience that Beijing is “ready to contribute to peace and stability in the region together” with Pyongyang. Kim responded by saying that North Korea is eager to expand military ties and exchange experiences with their large neighbor.
In June, Xi Jinping became the first Chinese leader to visit North Korea in 14 years. His talks with Kim Jong-un gave a new impulse to the relations between the historic allies, which have grown complicated in recent years over continued nuclear tests by Pyongyang.
Beijing and Pyongyang, which are tied by a 1961 treaty that commits them to come to each other’s aid in case of an attack, share common geopolitical rivals, like Japan and South Korea. Notably, both are also concerned about the US activities in the region.