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North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has reaffirmed his government's "invariable" support for Beijing in a message to Chinese President Xi Jinping.
The North's official Korean Central News Agency reported Thursday that Kim stressed he and the North Korean people will stand by the Communist Party of China and the Chinese people "in the struggle for accomplishing the joint cause of defending and glorifying socialism gained at the cost of blood."
The message, dated October 1, congratulates Xi on the 71th founding anniversary of China and its communist party and their success.
It added that escalating smears and pressure from "hostile forces" cannot bring to collapse the Chinese people's trust in President Xi or deny what has been achieved by socialist China.
The message comes amid escalating tensions between the United States and China.
The U.S. has increasingly been pointing its fingers at what it calls aggressive and malign practices by China while vowing to push back aggressions from China's communist party in all domains.
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