Xi Jinping urges communication and unity in letter to North Korea, state media says

In a letter to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ahead of a landmark congress of the ruling Chinese Communist Party, Chinese President Xi Jinping said it was more important than ever for Beijing and Pyongyang to strengthen communication, unity and cooperation, North Korean state media reported Sunday. .

The letter was in response to congratulations sent by Kim for the convention, which is due to begin on Sunday. Xi is set to win a third five-year term as general secretary of the ruling Communist Party, the country’s most powerful post, at the congress.

Xi expressed his willingness to strengthen relations between China and North Korea, and “to make a great contribution to the supply [the] two countries and their people with greater happiness and upholding peace and stability in the region and the rest of the world,” North Korean state news agency KCNA said.

The reported expression of support comes as North Korea tested a record number of ballistic missiles and prepared to resume nuclear testing for the first time since 2017.

North Korea said its latest military activities, which also included artillery drills and warplane flights, were in response to shows of force from South Korea and the United States, which staged their own military exercises to protest the tests of the North.

Asked about the latest North Korean measures and South Korea’s reactions on Friday, Chinese Foreign Ministry representative Mao Ning called on all parties to prevent the situation from escalating and work to create the conditions of a resumption of dialogue.

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