|Xi Jinping and Peng Liyuan Pay Homage to China-Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) Friendship Tower|
On June 21, 2019 local time, General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China and President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan, accompanied by Chairman of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) and Chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) Kim Jong Un and his wife Ri Sol Ju, paid homage to the China-DPRK Friendship Tower built in memory of the heroic sacrifices made by martyrs of the Chinese People's Volunteer Army.
At 10 a.m. local time, Xi Jinping and Peng Liyuan arrived at the tower located at the foot of Moran Hill in downtown Pyongyang, and were greeted by Kim Jong Un and Ri Sol Ju at the stop. In a solemn atmosphere, the honor guard of the three services of the Korean People's Army formed a solemn procession as a military band played the national anthems of China and the DPRK. When the national anthems ended, the flower basket was carried to the base platform of the tower by honor guards. Xi Jinping walked slowly up the steps and stepped forward to arrange the ribbon, which reads "The Martyrs of the Chinese People's Volunteer Army Are Immortal." Afterwards, all present paid silent tribute to the martyrs. Then Xi Jinping and Kim Jong Un watched the march-past of the honor guard.
Accompanied by Kim Jong Un and his wife Ri Sol Ju, Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan walked around the tower and watched carefully the scenes depicting the Chinese People's Volunteer Army marching to the DPRK and the reliefs showing the friendship between China and the DPRK. Later, Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan, accompanied by Kim Jong Un and his wife Ri Sol Ju, entered the exhibition hall of the China-DPRK Friendship Tower. In the hall, Xi Jinping read through the original Volunteer Army martyrs list and watched the epic murals. With deep memory for the Chinese heroic martyrs who sacrificed for the China-DPRK friendship, Xi Jinping wrote down in the inscription book "To remember the martyrs" and "The China-DPRK friendship lasts from generation to generation."
Xi Jinping said that filled with reverence, I pay homage to the China-DPRK Friendship Tower today. Through the Volunteer Army martyr list and the huge paintings in the exhibition hall, we could see many names and figures of the Volunteer Army martyrs familiar to Chinese people, like Huang Jiguang, Qiu Shaoyun, Yang Gensi, Luo Shengjiao. Today, we paid homage to the China-DPRK Friendship Tower to first remember the martyrs and review the glorious history of the older generations who fought side by side; Second, we should encourage future generations to remember and inherit the traditional friendship between China and the DPRK; and third, we should show the world and demonstrate the firm determination of China and the DPRK to maintain peace. The two sides should pass on the China-DPRK friendship from generation to generation, consolidate and develop the socialist cause of the two countries to better benefit the two peoples and promote regional peace, stability, development and prosperity.
Kim Jong Un said that the DPRK-China Friendship Tower is a monument of traditional friendship between the two countries, adding that and the WPK, government and people of the DPRK will always remember the heroic sacrifices made by martyrs of the Chinese People's Volunteer Army in DPRK's resistance against aggression. The DPRK side will continue to inherit and develop the friendship between the DPRK and China, strengthen bilateral cooperation, and promote new and greater achievements in bilateral relations in the new era.
Ding Xuexiang, Yang Jiechi, Wang Yi, He Lifeng and others attended the above activities.
Choe Ryong Hae, Pak Pong Ju, Ri Su Yong, Ri Yong Ho, Kim Nung O, Kim Yo Jong and others of the DPRK side paid homage to the China-DPRK Friendship Tower.