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North Korea-China: Vice Marshal Choe had talks in Beijing on 22 May. North Korean and Chinese official media coverage of the visit follows.

North Korea's coverage. The PyongyangCentral Broadcasting System reported, "On 22 May, Choe Ryong Hae, the director of the Korean People's Army [KPA] General Political Bureau who is visiting China as a special envoy of respected and beloved Comrade Kim Jong Un, met with Wang Jiarui, vice chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference and head of the CPC Central Committee's (CC) International Department, at the Diaoyutai State Guest House."

"Functionaries of the CPC CC International Department, including Deputy Head Liu Jieyi and Assistant Head Yang Yanyi, and Chi Chae-ryong, our country's ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary to China participated in this meeting."

"At the meeting, Vice Chairman Wang Jiarui said that he ardently welcomes General Political Bureau Director Choe Ryong Hae's visit to China as the special envoy of respected Comrade Kim Jong Un."

"Both sides exchanged opinions about issues to further improve, strengthen and develop DPRK-China friendship relations at a new and high level."

"The conversation took place in a warm atmosphere."

After the conversation, Vice Chairman Wang Jiarui hosted a luncheon for the special envoy and his party.

China's coverage. The transcript of the daily briefing by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs included the following reply to a question about Vice Marshal Choe's visit.

"Choe Ryong Hae, special envoy of Kim Jong Un, first secretary of the Workers' Party of Korea WKP, and member of the Presidium of the WPK Central Committee Political Bureau, began a visit to China today. Wang Jiarui, vice chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference and director of the CPC Central Committee International Department, met Choe Ryong Hae in Beijing on the 22nd. The Chinese and DPRK sides will exchange views on the situation on the Korean Peninsula and issues of mutual interest during the visit."

"I would like to point out that China is always committed to achieving the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, maintaining peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula, and resolving related issues through dialogue and consultations. China will unswervingly pursue the Six-Party Talks, promote peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula, and achieve lasting peace and stability in Northeast Asia."

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