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Mongolian President Ukhnaa Khurelsukh Meets with Wang Yi

2022-08-08 23:55

On August 8, 2022 local time, Mongolian President Ukhnaa Khurelsukh met with State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Ulaanbaatar.

Khurelsukh asked Wang Yi to convey his sincere greetings to President Xi Jinping, saying that exchanges between Mongolia and China date back to ancient times, and the two countries are always friendly neighbors and tested friends with no political divergence nor unresolved issues. Mongolia firmly pursues the one-China principle and holds that affairs related to Taiwan, Hong Kong, Xizang and Xinjiang are China's internal affairs. This is Mongolia's consistent policy, which will never change. Mongolia heartfully admires the great development achievements made by the friendly neighbor under the outstanding leadership of President Xi Jinping, and is glad to see that with the joint efforts of both sides, the important consensus between the two heads of state has been effectively implemented, and the goal of 10-billion-U.S. dollar bilateral trade volume has been reached. Mongolia appreciates China's persistent efforts to share development opportunities with neighboring countries to help Mongolia achieve common development and win-win cooperation. Mongolia is ready to seek greater synergy between the development strategies of the two countries, and deepen cooperation in the fields of economy, trade, ports, infrastructure, and desertification prevention and control, so as to elevate the Mongolia-China comprehensive strategic partnership to a new height. Mongolia looks forward to stepping up exchanges between the Mongolian People's Party and the Communist Party of China (CPC) to usher in a new century of cooperation between the two Parties, both in their 100s. He wishes the 20th National Congress of the CPC a complete success.

Khurelsukh said Mongolia highly appreciates China's pandemic prevention policy, which has not only effectively protected the health and well-being of the 1.4 billion Chinese people, but also made important contributions to global solidarity against COVID-19. He sincerely thanked China for providing Mongolia with many batches of vaccines and other anti-pandemic materials despite its own difficulties. Mongolia speaks highly of China's positive contributions to defending the UN Charter, attaches great importance to the significance of the Global Development Initiative and the Global Security Initiative in promoting world peace and security, and will actively support and participate in the two initiatives and deepen synergy and implementation in this regard.

Wang Yi conveyed President Xi Jinping's warm greetings to President Khurelsukh, saying that China and Mongolia are good neighbors more valuable than gold, good brothers sharing joys and sorrows, and good partners going through thick and thin together. The two sides have joined hands to fight the pandemic and gifted one another with sheep and tea, writing a new tale of friendship between the two countries. Following the philosophy of putting people and their lives first, China has protected the lives and health of the Chinese people, and at the same time contributed to the global pandemic response, demonstrating the sense of responsibility as a country with a huge population. China will stay committed to the established policy, respond to COVID-19 and pursue economic and social development in a well-coordinated way, and continue to provide anti-pandemic support for Mongolia as needed to jointly defeat the pandemic and expel the virus. We will continue to carry out all-round mutually beneficial cooperation with Mongolia under the guidance of the principle of amity, sincerity, mutual benefit, and inclusiveness and the principle of upholding justice while pursuing shared interests, both put forward by President Xi Jinping. China will be a major country that makes its neighbors rest assured, provides support and assistance for them, and develops together with them. China is ready to join hands with Mongolia to follow through on the important consensus between the heads of state, work in the direction of jointly building a community with a shared future, and seek greater synergy between the Belt and Road Initiative and the Steppe Road Program, between the Global Development Initiative and Mongolia's New Revival Policy, and between China's "two-step" development strategy and Mongolia's long-term development vision, so as to help Mongolia turn its advantages in resources and geographical position into development advantages, and make the development outcomes of China-Mongolia relations better benefit the Mongolian people.

Wang Yi said that China appreciates Mongolia's reaffirmation of its firm support for the one-China principle and its opposition to interference in China's internal affairs. China also supports Mongolia in safeguarding its independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity, and backs Mongolia in pursuing a development path suited to its national conditions. As Chinese people say, "For our friends, we have fine wine. For jackals or wolves, we welcome with shotguns". We are ready to work with Mongolia and the vast developing countries to maintain solidarity and cooperation, forge ahead hand in hand, continue to support each other on issues involving respective core interests, jointly safeguard peace and tranquility, and build beautiful homes to benefit future generations.

During Wang Yi's visit to Mongolia, Mongolian Prime Minister Luvsannamsrai Oyun-Erdene and Speaker of the Parliament Gombojav Zandanshatar met with Wang Yi respectively.

On the same day, Wang Yi also held talks with Mongolian Foreign Minister Batmunkh Battsetseg and jointly met the press. The two sides signed cooperation documents between the two foreign ministries and witnessed the signing of cooperation documents on railway ports, and health and quarantine, among others.

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