DPRK seeks to learn about geothermal energy from PRC

According to the China Daily:

China and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) have agreed to share their experience and beef up cooperation in exploring and utilizing renewable energy.

The agreement was made during a meeting on Wednesday between senior Communist Party of China (CPC) official Zhou Yongkang and a delegation from the Korean Workers Party (KWP), led by Thae Jong Su, an alternate member of the KWP’s Political Bureau and member of the Secretariat.

Thae told Zhou that the main purpose of his current China trip is to learn from China’s experience in developing geothermal resources, as specified by the DPRK’s top leader, Kim Jong-il.

The DPRK hopes to use geothermal energy in its efforts to develop its economy and build a strong and prosperous country, Thae said.

Zhou, a member of the Standing Committee of the CPC Central Committee Political Bureau, told Thae that China would like to enhance its exchanges with the DPRK in the field in order to jointly improve their capability to develop and utilize renewable energy.

“I once worked in China’s oil industry for a long time, so I fully understood the importance of energy to a country,” said Zhou, who is also secretary of the Political Science and Law Committee of the CPC Central Committee.

Zhou served as vice minister of the Ministry of the Petroleum Industry from 1985 to 1988 and went on to work as deputy general manager of the China National Petroleum and Natural Gas Corporation from 1988 to 1996.

He said China has been actively promoting reforms in its energy sector during the country’s 12th Five-year Plan period (2011-2015).

Hailing the sound momentum of China-DPRK relations, Zhou recalled Kim’s successful visit to China earlier this year, during which Kim exchanged views with President Hu Jintao on major issues of common concern.

Kim also sent a congratulatory letter to Hu regarding the 90th anniversary of the CPC’s founding, Zhou said.

“We are glad to see that the two sides have engaged in high-level exchanges and substantial cooperation in various areas and made concerted efforts for common development and regional peace and stability,” he said.

Thae also conveyed greetings from Kim to Hu during the meeting.

The DPRK delegation is visiting China from July 5 to 9 at the invitation of the International Department of the CPC Central Committee.

Senior CPC official Liu Qi also met with the delegation later Wednesday afternoon.

Liu, a member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and secretary of the Beijing Municipal Committee of the CPC, said China and the DPRK currently boast “frequent high-level visits, increasing strategic communication, deepening economic cooperation and active cultural exchanges.”

“China is ready to make joint efforts with the DPRK to implement the consensus reached by the two top leaders and further expand exchanges and cooperation in all areas,” Liu said.

Liu said that he hopes the people of the DPRK see continued progress in the country’s development under the leadership of Kim.

Liu also briefed Thae on Beijing’s economic and social development.

In response, Thae said the DPRK and China now enjoy prosperous ties, which have been carefully nurtured by the countries’ top leaders. The DPRK is willing to work with China to carry out practical cooperation and bolster relations to a new high, he added.

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China, DPRK to boost renewable energy co-op
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