The DPRK delegation was led by Pak Thae Song, member of the Political Bureau and vice-chairman of the WPK Central Committee with other "senior provincial and municipal level party officials" also in attendance.
"China supports the DPRK in developing its economy and improving its people's livelihood, and supports Chairman Kim in leading the Party and the people of DPRK to take a development path suitable to its own national situation".
In its report of the delegation's trip to China, the North's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said in an English report:"Welcoming the friendship group's visit to China, Xi Jinping said that China is attaching very importance to the work to propel the traditional friendship between the two countries sealed in blood to a higher stage as required by the new era".
Dandong, a city in Northeast China that sits on the border with North Korea, released a series of new rules as part of its efforts to cool down the overheating local property market, the local government said in a statement on its official WeChat account. Both areas are considered vanguards of China's reform with special economic zones to test policies and practices.
According to sources, they also met Song Tao, head of the global liaison department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party on Monday, during which the Chinese official proposed increasing cooperation and exchanges between the two countries in diverse areas including agriculture, education and science technology.
A North Korean Workers Party of Korea (WPK) delegation met with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday, the third time Xi has met with DPRK officials in recent since late March.
Foreign Minister Spokesman Lu Kang told reporters that the parties must express sincerity, have good will and guarantee the conditions of the meeting scheduled for June between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and U.S. President Donald Trump. It was their second meeting and followed Kim's surprise March visit to Beijing. After all, as North Korea's main trading partner, China will ultimately decide whether a campaign of "maximum pressure" is to continue.