15:36Xi Jinping Arrives in Pyongyang
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Present there were Pak Pong Ju, member of the Presidium of the Political Bureau of the WPK Central Committee, vice-chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the DPRK and vice-chairman of the WPK Central Committee, and Ri Man Gon, Ri Su Yong, Choe Hwi, Kim Yong Chol, Ri Yong Ho and Kim Yo Jong, senior Party and government officials, and Ji Jae Ryong, DPRK ambassador to China.
Kim Su Gil, Ri Yong Gil, No Kwang Chol and other commanding officers of the Korean People's Army (KPA) were on hand.
Ambassador Li Jinjun and staff members of the Chinese embassy here were seen at the airport.
Giving his impression of the long-desired visit to Pyongyang, Xi Jinping expressed heartfelt thanks to the Korean people for the grand welcome.
Arriving together with him were Ding Xuexiang, member of the Political Bureau, member of the Secretariat and director of the General Office of the CPC Central Committee, Yang Jiechi, member of the Political Bureau and director of the Office of the Foreign Affairs Commission of the CPC Central Committee, Wang Yi, state councilor and foreign minister of the PRC, He Lifeng, vice-chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference and head of the National Development and Reform Committee, Song Tao, head of the International Liaison Department of the CPC Central Committee, Zhong Shan, minister of Commerce of PRC, Miao Hua, director of the Political Affairs Department of the Central Military Commission of the PRC, and other entourage.
Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan were presented with bouquets by children.
A welcoming ceremony took place.
Xi Jinping, guided by
Xi Jinping, together with
The car carrying Xi Jinping headed for the Kumsusan State Guest House, lodging quarters, escorted by motorcycles.
Pyongyangites warmly welcomed Xi Jinping along the route of various places including Sunan District, Ryonmot-dong, Ryonghung Crossroads and the plaza of the April 25 House of Culture.
The open limousine carrying the top leaders of the DPRK and China arrived at the plaza of the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun through Ryomyong Street crowded with the welcoming citizens.
Xi Jinping was greeted by Choe Ryong Hae, member of the Presidium of the Political Bureau of the WPK Central Committee, first vice-chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the DPRK and president of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly, Kim Jae Ryong, member of the Political Bureau of the WPK Central Committee, member of the State Affairs Commission of the DPRK and premier of the Cabinet, and other senior Party and government officials and leading officials of the Party and power organs of the capital city.
Women artistes presented bouquets to Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan.
There were seas of graceful dances of the masses amid the nimble rhythmic rendition of the women's brass band at the plaza.
The car carrying the top leaders of the two countries left the plaza of the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun to arrive at the Kumsusan State Guest House amid the warm welcome by the citizens with the flags of the two countries and bunches of flowers in their hands.
The employees of the Kumsusan State Guest House presented bouquets to Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan.
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