President Hu to visit North Korea this week
By Qin Jize (China Daily)
Updated: 2005-10-25 05:53
Chinese leaders have a hectic diplomatic itinerary until the end of the year,
State Councillor Tang Jiaxuan said in Beijing yesterday.
President Hu Jintao will pay official goodwill visits to the Democratic
People's Republic of Korea and Viet Nam between Friday and next Wednesday.
President Hu Jintao
(R) shakes hands with Kim Jong-il, general secretary of the Central
Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea before their meeting in Beijing
in this April 2004 file photo.
Tang said Hu would also visit some European countries and attend
It is reported that US President George W. Bush will visit Beijing after
attending the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) forum in Busan, the APEC
host city in Republic of Korea in mid-November.
It is believed that leaders of the APEC members would have frequent exchanges
on the sidelines of the forum.
A well-placed source said Premier Wen Jiabao plans to visit Eastern European
countries before the end of the year.
Tang said China will continue to pursue multi-faceted diplomacy and
contribute more to world peace and common development.
Tang made the remarks at the opening ceremony of a symposium on "China and
the United Nations" to mark the UN's 60th anniversary.
Tang said China is firmly opposed to any measures to force through
highly-controversial reform plans of the UN, saying any move that causes
disunity or a split among member states is not acceptable.
He said the UN reform must proceed under the spirit of the UN Charter with
the full participation of the vast number of member states and on the basis of
Tang also emphasized that China stands ready to work with the international
community for a UN that adheres to multi-lateralism and strives for common
More than 100 dignitaries from the government, international organizations
and academic circles participated in the forum that focused on political
security, economic and social development and human rights.
Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing attended last night's reception to commemorate
the UN's 60th anniversary, and expressed China's determination to support the UN
reform and the global organization's core role in international affairs.
(China Daily 10/25/2005 page2)