China said it wants to strengthen ties with North Korea, its isolated neighbor under U.N. sanctions for its nuclear weapons program, which is due to hold a massive military parade in the capital on Saturday to mark the 70th anniversary of its ruling Workers' Party.
Foreign journalists have been invited to Pyongyang this week to cover the anniversary events, and on Saturday troop carriers could be seen lined up in the city, with the parade expected to take place later in the afternoon.
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