North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has reportedly called for stronger ties with Beijing in a message sent to Chinese President Xi Jinping.
North Korea's state-run media reported on Tuesday that Kim's message expressed delight over China's remarkable success despite the slanders and pressure of hostile forces, apparently with the US in mind.
The media said Kim stressed the need for the two countries to strengthen unity and cooperation to cope with challenges and obstructions presented by hostile forces that come from various directions.
China's state-run Xinhua news agency reported on Monday that messages from the leaders of the neighboring countries had been exchanged.
The hand-off took place as part of a meeting between senior officials from both sides in Beijing.
Taking part in the meeting were Song Tao, the head of the International Department of the Chinese Communist Party's Central Committee, and the new North Korean ambassador to China, Ri Ryong Nam.