N.Korean Officials 'to Learn from China's Market Opening'
Municipal and provincial party chiefs from North Korea who visited China this week said openly they were there to learn from China's new open economy.
China's state-run CCTV reported Wednesday that Chinese President Xi Jinping met with the delegation led by Workers Party Vice Chairman Pak Tae-song.
Xi urged them to further develop bilateral relations and hailed the visit as a "concrete measure" resulting from two summits with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
"We support the improvement of North-South [Korean] relations, the promotion of dialogue between North Korea and the U.S., denuclearization on the peninsula and North Korea's development of its economy," Xi said.
Pak said he and his group were in China "upholding the order of Chairman Kim Jong-un to learn from China's economic development and market-opening experience for our goals of economic development."
It was the first visit to China by provincial party chiefs, who are the equivalent of governors and mayors, since October 2010, and this time they were given a much more prominent reception.
They are expected to tour China's "Silicon Valley" in Beijing's Haidian district, agricultural research institutes and regional cities.