The friendship art delegation of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) is visiting the People’s Republic of China(PRC) from January 23.
The delegation has received a warm hospitality from the Chinese party, government and people since it arrived at Dandong Railway Station, border station of China.
It arrived in Beijing on the morning of January 24.
It was warmly greeted at Beijing Railway Station by Song Tao, head of the International Liaison Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China(CPC), and other cadres of the department and officials concerned.
The DPRK friendship art delegation gave performances before full houses at the State Grand Theatre in Beijing from January 26.
Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China and president of the People’s Republic of China, and his wife Peng Liyuan met the DPRK friendship art delegation and enjoyed the performance at the theatre on January 27.
Prior to the performance Xi Jinping and Peng Liyuan met leading members of the delegation and had a talk with them.
Xi Jinping said that the performance of the delegation is not only cultural exchange for the implementation of an important shared understanding between China and the DPRK but also an important activity for celebrating the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between them, expressing his will to consolidate the traditional China-DPRK friendship.
Noting that he was moved by the preparation of good performance by the Korean comrades, he congratulated the DPRK friendship art delegation upon its great success.
Saying that the cultural and art exchange is a very special and traditional major component of the China-DPRK relations, he hoped that the two sides would make joint efforts for positive contributions to the promotion of the building of socialist culture.
Ri Su Yong, who is leading the delegation, said that every number of the program prepared by the delegation is associated with the noble intention of the chairman of the Workers’ Party of Korea to carry forward the valuable tradition of the DPRK-China friendship as required by the new times and steadily develop the feelings of friendship between the two peoples and thus add a brilliant page to the history of the DPRK-China relations.
Expressing thanks to Xi Jinping for prioritizing and paying attention to the performing tour of the delegation, he hoped that the current performance would be the New Year greetings to the Chinese comrades.
Xi Jinping together with Peng Liyuan appreciated the performance given by the delegation.
Among the audience were Wang Huning, member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau and member of the Secretariat of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China; Ding Xuexiang, member of the Political Bureau and member of the Secretariat and director of the General Office of the C.C., CPC; Sun Chunlan, member of the Political Bureau of the C.C., CPC and vice-premier of the State Council; Yang Jiechi, member of the Political Bureau and director of the Office of the Foreign Affairs Commission of the C.C., CPC; Huang Kunming, member of the Political Bureau, member of the Secretariat and head of the Publicity Department of the C.C., CPC; Cai Qi, member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and secretary of the Beijing Municipal Committee of the CPC; Wang Yi, state councilor and minister of Foreign Affairs of the PRC; Song Tao, head of the International Liaison Department of the CPC Central Committee; and other officials of the Chinese party and government, artistes and citizens of Beijing.
Put on the stage, which started with the prelude “Korea-China Friendship Will Be Everlasting”, were colorful music and dance pieces including favorite songs of the two peoples dating back to the annuls of the heroic creation and struggle.
Amid the playing of songs of friendship and unity rocking the mountains and rivers of the two countries, impressive pictures of the leaders of the elder generations of the two countries and the supreme leaders of the two parties, who have shared the intention and feelings in the great course of the DPRK-China friendship, meeting with each other were screened to rouse enthusiastic applauses.
Put on the stage were colorful numbers such as female solo and male chorus “We Love You, Socialism” and song and dance “Dash toward Future” depicting dignity and rosy future of the DPRK advancing along the road of Korean-style socialism while demonstrating the might of the single-minded unity under the wise guidance of the Workers’ Party of Korea.
Also put on the stage were female duet and male chorus “Song of Changjiang” and other Chinese songs sung in the annals of prosperity of the Chinese nation as well as the proud 70-year long history of new China, which were performed by male choruses of the State Merited Chorus.
The songs reflecting the time-honored history of China and the patriotic emotion and optimism of the Chinese people gripped the minds of the audience.
The performance was loudly applauded as it made a vigorous and fresh representation of the aspirations and desire of the peoples of the DPRK and China to more beautifully write an epic of friendship and unity to be envied by the whole world.
Xi Jinping and Peng Liyuan presented a floral basket to the performers and mounted the stage to congratulate them on their successful performance and had a photo taken with them.
The performance continued until January 28.
The State Grand Theater, where the hot wind of enjoying the revolutionary opera “The Flower Girl” and the wonderfully adapted opera “A Dream of Red Mansions” was raised fiercely, was crowded every day with the audience who came to appreciate the performance of the Korean artistes.
Among the audience were Li Zhanshu, member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the C.C., CPC, and chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress of the People’s Republic of China, and other senior officials of the Chinese party and government, artistes and citizens of Beijing.
Three-day performances full of hot air of the DPRK-China friendship drew down a curtain, being loudly applauded.
During the stay the delegation enjoyed welcome performances given by the Chinese National Ballet at the Tianqiao Theatre in Beijing and by the opera troupe of the Chinese National Opera Theatre and toured the Capital Museum, Lao She Teahouse and the Chinese Art Gallery.
At the instruction and upon authorization of Xi Jinping, the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China gave a hearty welcome to the friendship art delegation of the DPRK during its visit to China. The art delegation achieved a rich success under the special care of the supreme leaders of the two parties and the two countries of the DPRK and China.