|Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Ma Zhaoxu's Remarks on the Passing of the Supreme Leader of the DPRK Kim Jong-il|
Shocked to learn that the supreme leader of the DPRK Comrade Kim Jong-il passed away, we express our deep condolences over his passing and extend our sincere sympathy to the DPRK people. Comrade Kim Jong-il is a great leader of the DPRK people and a close friend of the Chinese people, making significant contribution to the DPRK's cause of socialism and the development of China-DPRK good-neighbourly, friendly and cooperative relations. We believe the DPRK people will turn sorrow into strength and unite as one to carry forward the DPRK's cause of socialism. China and the DPRK will work together to consolidate and develop the traditional friendship between the two parties, two countries and two peoples and make active contribution to peace and stability of the Korean Peninsula and the region as a whole.