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Wang Yi On Broad Consensuses Reached between China and Mongolia

2022-08-08 23:55

On August 8, 2022 local time, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Mongolian Foreign Minister Batmunkh Battsetseg jointly met the press after their talks.

Wang Yi said that since his last visit to Mongolia two years ago, he has witnessed encouraging changes in Ulaanbaatar and felt the vitality of the vast grassland. As a friendly neighboring country, China is heartily glad with Mongolia’s rapid progress and looking forward to its development and revitalization. Wang Yi briefed the broad consensuses reached by the two sides during the visit.

The two sides agreed that faced with the current complex and volatile international and regional situation, China and Mongolia are closely connected with a shared future, and should be good neighbors more valuable than gold, good brothers sharing weal and woe, and good partners striving for common development.

The two sides are willing to promote the in-depth synergy between the Belt and Road Initiative and Mongolia's Steppe Road Program, the Global Development Initiative and Mongolia's New Revival Policy, and China's "two-step" development strategy and Mongolia's long-term development vision, so as to create three major engines for further development of bilateral relations.

The two sides reaffirmed mutual respect for independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity, and continue to firmly support each other on issues concerning each other's core interests. China supports Mongolia in maintaining stability, focusing on development and exploring a development path in line with its own national conditions. China appreciates that Mongolia reaffirms its firm commitment to the one-China principle and opposes interference in China's internal affairs related to Taiwan, Xizang, Xinjiang and Hong Kong, among others.

The two sides agreed to strengthen cooperation at the border, promoting the opening of ports and connection of railways and highways to the largest possible extent, so as to keep the industrial and supply chains stable and unimpeded. The two sides signed the Memorandum of Understanding on the cross-border railway connection program at the Gants Mod port will be important in helping Mongolia to expand its opening-up and achieve strong growth.

The two sides agreed to promote cooperation in such fields as economy and trade, investment, mining and energy, science and technology, agriculture and animal husbandry, forge major demonstration projects in areas including infrastructure and energy, and strive to achieve coordinated development and common prosperity between the two countries.

The two sides agreed to promote the Erdeneburen hydropower plant project in a coordinated manner, and speed up solving the electricity supply problem for people in western Mongolia. The two sides will support the implementation of livelihood projects such as shanty-town renovation, sewage treatment plant and meat processing plant as soon as possible to better benefit the Mongolian people.

The two sides will enhance cooperation in afforestation and counter-desertification. China appreciates Mongolia's plan to plant one billion trees, and China has proposed to plant 70 billion trees in the next ten years. China hopes that both sides support each other in greening the common home and guarding the green land and blue sky.

The two sides agreed to continue cooperation in combating the pandemic and protect people's lives and security, increase direct flights between the two countries to facilitate personnel exchanges, and support Mongolian students in returning to China to resume classes at an early date. The two sides also strengthen youth exchanges and sub-national cooperation to consolidate the foundation of popular support for the China-Mongolia friendship.

The two sides agreed to strengthen coordination in international and regional affairs, uphold true multilateralism and open regionalism, push forward the implementation of the Global Development Initiative and the Global Security Initiative, safeguard the common interests of developing countries, join hands to promote the development and prosperity of Asia, and jointly build a community with a shared future for mankind.

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