In 1961, the two countries signed a treaty in one country.
In a statement to Chinese President Xi Jinping, North Korean President Kim Jong Un expressed interest in developing “friendly and cooperative relations” between the two countries, according to the North Korean state news agency.
In a presidential message to Kim, G said the tone was friendly and that the two countries “undoubtedly supported each other.”
With economic difficulties, especially as a result of epidemics, and tough US sanctions, North Korea is expected to look to China for support. China, for its part, considers it very important to avoid a North Korean collapse in the interests of its own security. So they want to strengthen ties with North Korea and other allies, while competition with the United States continues, experts say.
China fought alongside North Korea in the Korean War in the 1950s, while the US-led UN Forces supported South Korea. About 30,000 U.S. troops are still stationed in South Korea to help keep tensions between the two Koreas low.