Mon­go­lia mends ties with Bei­jing

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - TOP NEWS - By AN BAIJIE an­bai­jie@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Mon­go­lia ex­pressed re­gret over the neg­a­tive im­pact caused by the Dalai Lama’s visit, and China hopes the coun­try has learned a les­son in re­spect­ing China’s sovereignty, For­eign Min­istry spokes­woman Hua Chun­y­ing said on Wed­nes­day.

Mon­go­lia should keep its prom­ise, re­spect China’s core in­ter­ests and make ef­forts to im­prove the Chi­naMon­go­lia re­la­tion­ship, Hua said.

“China’s stance on Ti­bet is firm and clear,” she told a reg­u­lar news con­fer­ence.

The Dalai Lama, a po­lit­i­cal ex­ile with am­bi­tions to split the Ti­bet au­ton­o­mous re­gion from China un­der the cloak of re­li­gion, vis­ited Mon­go­lia from Nov 18 to 23. China voiced strong dis­sat­is­fac­tion over the visit.

On Tues­day, Mon­go­lian For­eign Min­is­ter Tsend Munkh-Orgil said the Dalai Lama will not be al­lowed to visit in the fu­ture, even in the name of re­li­gion. Even though t he Dalai Lama vis­ited Mon­go­lia via re­li­gious chan­nels, the con­se­quences of the visit went be­yond re­li­gion and be­came a prob­lem for Mon­go­lia’s re­la­tions with China, Munkh-Orgil said.

Mon­go­lia firmly sup­ports the one-China pol­icy, and deems Ti­bet an inalien­able part of China, he said, adding that Ti­bet is a do­mes­tic mat­ter for China.

In late Novem­ber, For­eign Min­istry spokesman Geng Shuang said China urged Mon­go­lia to rec­og­nize the sep­a­ratist na­ture of the Dalai Lama clique and take ef­fec­tive mea­sures to re­move the neg­a­tive im­pacts of the visit to avoid dis­turb­ing China-Mon­go­lia re­la­tions.

In the first three quar­ters of this year, Mon­go­lia ex­ported $2.74 bil­lion in goods to China, ac­count­ing for 82.26 per­cent of the coun­try’s to­tal ex­port vol­ume, ac­cord­ing to China’s em­bassy in Mon­go­lia. The coun­try’s trade sur­plus with China was $1.92 bil­lion in the same pe­riod, it said.

Last month, Bei­jing im­posed new tar­iffs on com­mod­ity ship­ments be­tween China and Mon­go­lia, ac­cord­ing to Al-Jazeera. China closed a key bor­der cross­ing nearly a week af­ter the visit of the Dalai Lama, the re­port said.

“All par­ties will pay more at­ten­tion to China’s warn­ings and take the warn­ings into con­sid­er­a­tion,” said Jin Can­rong, a pro­fes­sor of in­ter­na­tional re­la­tions at Ren­min Univer­sity of China.

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