China’s Xi Jinping vows to take ‘valuable friendship’ with North Korea to new heights

Chinese President Xi Jinping vowed to further develop ties with North Korea in a message congratulating top leader Kim Jong-un on the 73rd anniversary of the country’s foundation.

As a friend, China was “sincerely glad” to see that North Korea’s socialist causes had enjoyed “vigorous development”, Xi said in his message to mark North Korea’s 73rd National Day on Thursday.

“For the past 73 years since the founding of the DPRK, the Workers’ Party of Korea has led the DPRK people to make…