October 26, 2010 07:52
North Korea and China have marked the 60th anniversary of the entry of Chinese forces into the Korean War.
In Pyongyang, North Korean leader Kim Jong-il and his youngest son and heir apparent Kim Jong-un attended a mass rally in honor of North Korea's military alliance with China.
General Guo Boxiong, a vice chairman of China's Central Military Commission, also attended the event, held at an indoor stadium. Guo is heading a Chinese military delegation that arrived Saturday in North Korea for a four-day visit.
The delegation also laid wreaths at a memorial for Chinese soldiers killed in the three-year war.
China's news media report that President Hu Jintao and Vice President Xi Jinping met Monday with Chinese veterans who had fought alongside North Korean forces against South Korea and U.S.-led United Nations forces.
The fighting ended in 1953 with a truce. Two Koreas have never signed a peace treaty, and are technically still at war.
China's official news agency Xinhua says more than 183,000 of its troops died in the Korean war.
North Korea's communist regime has depended on China for political support and economic aid. China is also one of five nations involved in nuclear disarmament talks with North Korea.
Some information in this story was provided by Bloomberg.
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