Chinese art troupe visiting N. Korea for performance in key year


SEOUL, April 10 (Yonhap) — A Chinese art troupe has been visiting North Korea to participate in an event celebrating the 75th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between Pyongyang and Beijing, the North’s state media reported Wednesday.

The art troupe, consisting of around 300 artists, arrived in Pyongyang on Saturday and Tuesday to take part in a joint performance for the opening ceremony of the “DPRK-China Friendship Year,” the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said.

DPRK stands for the North’s official name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

The visit comes as the two nations mark the 75th anniversary of the establishment of the diplomatic relationship. China is the North’s longtime ally and largest economic benefactor.

A Chinese delegation, led by Zhao Leji, the top legislator regarded as the No. 3 Chinese official, will pay an official visit to Pyongyang from Thursday to Saturday to attend the opening ceremony.

North Korea appears to be ramping up high-level exchanges with Beijing in the key year at a time when Pyongyang has been expanding cooperation with Russia in the military and other fields.

This file photo, carried by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency on Jan. 17, 2020, shows Chinese artists holding a performance in Pyongyang the previous day. The event was designed to promote friendly ties between North Korea and China on the occasion of the Lunar New Year holiday. (For Use Only in the Republic of Korea. No Redistribution) (Yonhap)

This file photo, carried by North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency on Jan. 17, 2020, shows Chinese artists holding a performance in Pyongyang the previous day. The event was designed to promote friendly ties between North Korea and China on the occasion of the Lunar New Year holiday. (For Use Only in the Republic of Korea. No Redistribution) (Yonhap)

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