China would like to offer as much help as possible to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea to address its legitimate security and development concerns, President Xi Jinping said on Thursday.
Xi, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, made the remark while meeting with Kim Jong-un, chairman of the Workers' Party of Korea and chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the DPRK, during his two-day state visit to the country.
Xi received a grand and warm welcome, with more than 250,000 DPRK people turning out to greet him.
The visit, Xi's first as general secretary and head of state, and also the first of its kind in 14 years, comes as the two neighboring countries are celebrating the 70th anniversary of their diplomatic ties.
China would like to enhance coordination and cooperation with all relevant parties including the DPRK to play a positive and constructive role in promoting the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and the peace of the region, Xi said.
Noting that the peninsula issue is highly complicated and sensitive, Xi underlined the need to examine the development of the peninsula situation from a strategic, long-term view and maintain peace and stability on the peninsula.