Kim Jong Il vows to further consolidate friendship with China

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New Delhi, Mar 22 (ANI): Kim Jong Il, the top leader of Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), has said it is the invariable will of DPRK to further consolidate and develop the friendship with China.

Kim said cultural exchange plays an important role in boosting the precious DPRK-China friendship established by late President Kim Il Sung and leaders of the elder generation of China for a long period.

Kim watched the rehearsal of opera "the Dream of the Red Chamber" which was adapted and performed by the DPRK Phibada (Sea of Blood) Opera Troupe, Chinaview reported.

Under Kim's instruction, the Chinese ancient classic, which had been staged in the DPRK since the 1960s, is going to be performed by the troupe widely this year - "the Year of DPRK-China Friendship."

Kim was satisfied that the artists of the troupe produced a splendid opera with all its elements, including the songs, orchestration, stage decor and costumes on a high artistic level.

The two counties have set this year "the Year of Friendship" to mark the 60th anniversary of China-DPRK ties. The inauguration ceremony was held on March 18 in Beijing. (ANI)

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