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Xi Jinping and Peng Liyuan Watch the Grand Mass Gymnastics and Artistic Performance of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK)

2019-06-21

On the evening of June 20, 2019 local time, General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China and President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan, accompanied by Chairman of the Workers' Party of Korea and Chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) Kim Jong Un and his wife Ri Sol Ju, watched the grand mass gymnastics and artistic performance with people from all walks of life at the May Day Stadium in Pyongyang.

In the evening, the May Day Stadium, which can hold more than 100,000 people, was packed. Slogans such as "Warmly Welcome Comrade General Secretary Xi Jinping and Mme. Peng Liyuan" and "Pyongyang-Beijing" were particularly eye-catching. At about 9: 40 p.m. local time, Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan, accompanied by Kim Jong Un and his wife Ri Sol Ju, came onto the stadium rostrum. All the audience stood up to welcome the arrival of the distinguished Chinese guests with warm applause and cheers.

The performance started with the splendor of fireworks. Minister of Culture of the DPRK delivered a welcome speech. The performance was specially created for Xi Jinping's visit, with tens of thousands of actors of the DPRK participating. With prominent DPRK national characteristics, this performance contains four chapters, "Socialism, Our Home", "Echo of Victory", "For a Better Future" and "Unbreakable Friendship" which praised the achievements of the socialist cause of the DPRK, expressed the yearning of the DPRK people for a better life, expressed their keen desire to carry forward and strengthen the friendship between China and the DPRK, and warmly welcomed Xi Jinping's visit. The three major orchestras of the DPRK -the State Symphony Orchestra, the State Merited Chorus and the Samjiyon Orchestra- gave a joint performance for the first time. The background of the performance changed with gorgeous lights accordingly. The performance was spectacular with cheers and applause coming one after another and resounding through the sky. The whole performance was magnificent and touching.

The performance ended with a large-scale song and dance performance with the theme of "DPRK-China Friendship Will Be Eternal". Xi Jinping and Kim Jong Un stood with the audience and applauded the superb performance of all the artists and performers. The fireworks bloomed again over the stadium gorgeously. After the performance, the Chinese side presented flower baskets to the DPRK side to congratulate on the success of the performance. Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan stepped onto the stage with Kim Jong Un and his wife Ri Sol Ju, thanked the DPRK artists and the audience again and posed for photographs.

Chinese accompanying officials including Ding Xuexiang, Yang Jiechi, Wang Yi and He Lifeng, as well as Choe Ryong Hae, Pak Pong Ju, Kim Jae Ryong, Ri Yong Ho, Ri Man Gon, Pak Kwang Ho, Ri Su Yong, Kim Pyong Hae, Choe Hwi, O Su Yong, Ahn Jong Su, Pak Thae Dok, Pak Thae Sung, Kim Yong Chol, Kim Su Gil, Thae Hyong Chol, Ro Tu Chol, Choe Pu Il, Jong Kyong Thaek, Jo Yong Won, No Kwang Chol, Kim Tok Hun, Ri Ryong Nam, Kim Kwang Ho, Kim Nung O, Kim Yo Jong also watched the performance.

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