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Digital Archive International History Declassified

January 01, 1978

The Second Seven-Year Plan (1978-84) for the development of the People's Economy begins in North Korea. Family-based Mechanization Movement is launched, for the purpose of achieving comprehensive mechanization of agricultural management.

January 28, 1978

Sixteenth plenary session of the fifth term of the Central Committee of the KWP is held.

April 18, 1978

DPRK Socialist Labor Law is adopted at the second session of the sixth-term SPA.

May 05, 1978

Hua Guofeng, Chairman of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China and Premier of the People's Republic of China, arrives in Pyongyang as part of an official visit to North Korea. Staying in the DPRK until 10 May 1978, Hua discussed bilateral relations, inter-Korean relations, and the Non-Aligned Movement with his North Korean counterparts.

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September 04, 1978

Deng Xiaoping, Vice-Chairman of the Chinese Communist Party and Vice Premier of the People's Republic of China, visits North Korea.

September 15, 1978

Kim Il Sung visits Beijing to reciprocate the earlier visit by Hu Yaobang and Deng Xiaoping to Pyongyang, to show that he has restored friendly relations with China. Kim reiterates North Korea and China's firm friendship and acknowledges the Chinese assistance during the Korean War.

November 27, 1978

Seventeenth plenary session of the fifth term of the Central Committee of the WPK is held.