As is known to many, the Workers’ Party of Korea, led by Kim Il Sung, not only maintained a policy of independence but consistently upheld the unity of the international communist movement. Even when the differences in the socialist camp reached an extreme point near to open armed conflict Kim Il Sung made sure that the DPRK maintained relations with both the Soviet Union and the People’s Republic of China, meeting various Soviet leaders including Yuri Andropov as well as Mao Zedong and Zhou En Lai of People’s China.Amid the war of words raging between North Korean and Chinese media outlets, one state-run Chinese media outlet is putting the pressure on North Korea with focused references to founding leader Kim Il-sung, who played a leading role in the strong alliance between North Korea and China. The media has even put forth theories regarding Kim Il-sung’s role in the Korean War.

Mao Zedong (1893-1976) was both a product and a part of the revolutionary change in 20th-century China. He was born December 26, 1893, in the small village of Shaoshan in Hunan province. Although he described his father as a "rich peasant," the family clearly had to work hard for a living.From an early age, Mao was a voracious reader. He particularly liked popular historical novels concerning rebellions and unconventional military heroes. At age thirteen, after five years of education in the local primary school, he was forced by his father to leave school and return to the farm. Mao continued to study on his own and at age sixteen left home to complete his elementary school training in the Hunanese capital of Changsha.It was here that Mao began to experience the powerful revolutionary waves engulfing Chinese society. He read the works of nationalist reformers such as Kang Yuwei (Kang You-wei). He developed an admiration for the strong emperors in earlier periods of Chinese history and for certain Western statesmen including George Washington. Mao watched as China's last dynasty crumbled.Mao's career in the army was brief and uneventful. From 1913 until 1918 he was in the First Hunan Normal School. His reminiscences indicate that he took himself and his convictions seriously.

North Korea's president Kim Il Sung met China's Mao Zedong . During the meeting Mao told the Korean communist leader that he hoped that Kim Il Sung would lead the international communist movement and world revolution after he passed away.

China has long argued that for a solution to the North Korean nuclear issue, it is necessary to also find a solution for the interests of related parties, including North Korea and its demands. Yang Xiyu, who was interviewed by the China Daily, also argued in a separate contributing piece from January that even while thoroughly dismantling the nuclear weapons on the Korean peninsula, there needs to be a thorough solution to the reasonable concerns of North Korea in regards to security and the economy.Since then, ties between the allies have deteriorated so sharply that some diplomats and experts fear Beijing may become, like Washington, a target of its neighbor's ire.The People's Republic of China and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea exchanged diplomatic recognition on 6 October 1949.In May 1950, Kim Il-sung secretly visited Beijing to brief Mao Zedong and the Chinese leadership on his war plans.Following setbacks sustained by the Korean People's Army and the crossing of the 38th parallel by the United Nations Command, in October 1950 China entered the Korean War in support of North Korea. In addition to dispatching the Chinese People's Volunteers to Korea to fight against the United Nations Command, China also received North Korean refugees and students and provided economic aid during the war. Following the signing of the Korean War Armistice in 1953, China, along with members of the Eastern Bloc led by the Soviet Union, provided extensive economic assistance to Pyongyang to support the reconstruction and economic development of North Korea.

On April 18, 1975, Mao Zedong met with Kim Il Sung and the other was Vice Foreign Minister Wang Hairong. In this meeting, Mao Zedong and Kim Il Sung said his body to die, "God invited me to drink."

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