China, Mon­go­lia agree to ce­ment part­ner­ship

Stand­ing Com­mit­tee mem­ber Liu Yun­shan in Ulan Ba­tor as first stop of Asia-Europe tour

China Daily (USA) - - CHINA - By XIN­HUA in Ulan Ba­tor

Se­nior Com­mu­nist Party of China of­fi­cial Liu Yun­shan met sep­a­rately with Mon­go­lia’s pres­i­dent and prime min­is­ter on Satur­day, sig­nal­ing a strong de­sire on both sides to ce­ment ties in a com­pre­hen­sive man­ner.

Liu, a mem­ber of the Stand­ing Com­mit­tee of the Po­lit­i­cal Bureau of the CPC Cen­tral Com­mit­tee, started his visit to Ulan Ba­tor on Satur­day.

In his meet­ing with Mon­go­lian Pres­i­dent Tsakhi­agiin El­beg­dorj, Liu first con­veyed greet­ings and best re­gards from Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping.

Dur­ing the state visit by Pres­i­dent Xi in 2014, the two coun­tries up­graded their bi­lat­eral re­la­tion­ship to a com­pre­hen­sive strate­gic part­ner­ship and bi­lat­eral ties en­tered a new stage. The mo­men­tum should be cher­ished and main­tained, Liu said.

“My visit is to im­ple­ment the agree­ments made by top lead­ers of the two coun­tries, help in­crease mu­tual un­der­stand­ing and pro­mote co­op­er­a­tion in a bid to push for­ward the bi­lat­eral com­pre­hen­sive strate­gic part­ner­ship,” he said.

Liu stressed that China highly val­ues its re­la­tions with Mon­go­lia and re­gards their ties as an im­por­tant part of its neigh­bor­hood diplo­macy.

Re­spect­ing each other’s core in­ter­ests lays the po­lit­i­cal foun­da­tion for the healthy and sta­ble de­vel­op­ment of China-Mon­go­lia re­la­tions, Liu said, adding that China re­spects Mon­go­lia’s state sovereignty, in­de­pen­dence and ter­ri­to­rial in­tegrity, as well as the de­vel­op­ment path cho­sen by the Mon­go­lian peo­ple.

China ap­pre­ci­ates Mon­go­lia’s stance of up­hold­ing the one-China pol­icy, Liu said.

Bei­jing hopes the two sides will fur­ther strengthen po­lit­i­cal trust, jointly work for bet­ter con­nec­tiv­ity along the bor­der, and en­hance co­op­er­a­tion on ports, in­dus­trial ca­pac­ity and in­vest­ment, among oth­ers, and main­tain close co­or­di­na­tion on ma­jor re­gional and global is­sues so as to safe­guard com­mon in­ter­ests.

China is also will­ing to en­hance co­or­di­na­tion with Mon­go­lia within the frame­work of the United Na­tions and it wel­comes Mon­go­lia play­ing a pos­i­tive role in in­ter­na­tional and re­gional af­fairs.

El­beg­dorj said Mon­go­lia will unswerv­ingly pur­sue a friendly pol­icy to­ward China, and con­tinue to deepen po­lit­i­cal mu­tual trust and sub­stan­tial co­op­er­a­tion with China.

Dur­ing his meet­ing with Mon­go­lian Prime Min­is­ter Jar­gal­tulga Er­denebat, Liu pro­posed that the two coun­tries deepen ex­changes at all lev­els, work for new progress on ma­jor projects, tap their eco­nomic com­ple­men­tar­ity and cre­ate a sta­ble and bet­ter in­vest­ment en­vi­ron­ment.

China en­cour­ages co­op­er­a­tion with Mon­go­lia in sup­port­ing the Silk Road Fund un­der the Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive, Liu said.

Er­denebat spoke highly of the longterm Mon­go­lia-China co­op­er­a­tion, say­ing Mon­go­lia will ac­tively par­tic­i­pate in China’s pro­pos­als like the Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive, in­ter­con­nec­tiv­ity and pro­duc­tion ca­pac­ity co­op­er­a­tion.

Mon­go­lia ap­pre­ci­ates China’s con­sis­tent as­sis­tance, and will ad­vance co­op­er­a­tion with China in such ar­eas as min­eral re­sources, in­fra­struc­ture, cur­rency swaps, farm pro­duce pro­cess­ing and cross-bor­der trans­porta­tion, Er­denebat said.

Ear­lier, Liu also met with Chair­man of the Mon­go­lian Peo­ple’s Party Miye­gombo Enkhbold to dis­cuss party-to-party and cul­tural ex­changes. Enkhbold is also chair­man of Mon­go­lia’s par­lia­ment.

Liu also at­tended a launch cer­e­mony for a joint cul­tural pro­gram that will in­tro­duce Chi­nese TV dra­mas to Mon­go­lia.

Mon­go­lia is the first stop of Liu’s Asia-Europe tour, which will also take him to Greece and Hun­gary.


Liu Yun­shan (left) and Miye­gombo Enkhbold, chair­man of the Mon­go­lian Peo­ple’s Party, at­tend a cer­e­mony in Ulan Ba­tor mark­ing the open­ing of a kinder­garten built with funds from a Chi­nese foun­da­tion.

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