China and North Korea recommit to boosting military ties

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un supervised a test-firing of an unspecified new weapon last Saturday.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un supervised a test-firing of an unspecified new weapon last Saturday.

BEIJING • Top military leaders from North Korea and China have recommitted themselves to strengthened exchanges between their armed forces during a meeting in Beijing.

The meeting last Saturday came as North Korean leader Kim Jong Un supervised another test-firing of an unspecified new weapon, seen as an attempt to pressure Washington and Seoul over nuclear negotiations and joint military exercises.

The official Xinhua news agency reported that General Zhang Youxia, vice-chairman of the Central Military Commission, met General Kim Su Gil, director of the General Political Bureau of the Korean People's Army.

Gen Zhang said China's military wanted closer communication to "promote cooperation and mutual support, so as to contribute to the consolidation and development of bilateral relations and regional peace and stability".

China is North Korea's most important ally.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 19, 2019, with the headline 'China and North Korea recommit to boosting military ties'. Print Edition | Subscribe