Chinese President Xi Jinping has met with visiting North Korean ruling party officials and expressed his support for the North's efforts to develop its economy and improve relations with South Korea. 

According to China's Xinhua News Agency on Wednesday, Xi held a meeting with a delegation from the North's ruling Workers' Party in Beijing. 

Xi reportedly said that China supports the improvement of inter-Korean relations, the promotion of dialogue between North Korea and the U.S., denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula and North Korea's development of its economy. 

Xi also called the delegation's China visit a substantial step toward implementing the two allies' mutual understanding that was reached through his two summits with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. 

The Chinese president then expressed hope that the two nations will further enhance their cooperation and exchanges and develop bilateral friendly relations after the delegation's trip. 

The delegation led by Pak Thae-song, a member of the Political Bureau and vice chairman of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea, arrived in Beijing on Monday and is visiting economic facilities in China.