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Wang Yi Holds Talks with Foreign Minister Nyamtseren Enkhtaivan of Mongolia
2020-09-15

On September 15 local time, 2020, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi held talks with Foreign Minister Nyamtseren Enkhtaivan of Mongolia in Ulaanbaatar.

Wang Yi said, since the outbreak of the COVID-19, China and Mongolia have helped each other and overcome the difficulties together. President Khaltmaa Battulga made a special visit to China at the height of the epidemic in China, expressed support for China and donated 30,000 sheep to China. Moreover, all circles in Mongolia initiated fundraising activities for China. The Chinese side also repaid the kindness, by sharing prevention and control experience and information with the Mongolian side without reservation, and offering medical supplies. The relationship between our two countries has withstood the test of the epidemic outbreak and has been further improved in the joint fight against the epidemic. We are willing to work with the Mongolian side to implement the consensus reached by the leaders of the two countries and constantly push China-Mongolia comprehensive strategic partnership to a new level.

Wang Yi said, the message of my visit to the outside world is that, first of all, the Chinese side is willing to further strengthen anti-epidemic cooperation with the Mongolian side, consolidate the good momentum of "zero infection" on the two sides, and jointly prepare to cope with the possible long-term presence of the epidemic. Both sides will strengthen the joint response for COVID-19 control and treatment on a regular basis, make better use of and expand the "green channel" for goods exchanges, accelerate the establishment of "fast lanes" for personnel exchanges, and carry out vaccine and drug cooperation. The epidemic will eventually pass. And China-Mongolia friendship will last forever.

Second, the Chinese side will continue to support Mongolia's economic and social development and improvement of people's livelihood, and is willing to share development opportunities with the Mongolian side to achieve common prosperity. Our respective strengths are complementary, offering broad prospects for cooperation. The two countries must make up for the time lost due to the epidemic and promote the resumption of work and production of key projects as soon as possible. During this visit, both sides have reached extensive consensus on cooperation. We have agreed to speed up the alignment of the joint construction of the Belt and Road Initiative and Mongolia's Prairie Road development initiative, actively promote sewage treatment plants, hydropower stations, transformation of dilapidated houses and other major projects that have been agreed and are under negotiation, expand the import of agricultural and animal husbandry products and coal from Mongolia, and further strengthen cooperation between ports and cross-border economic zones.

Third, the two sides should work together to ensure the long-term healthy and stable development of China-Mongolia relations. China and Mongolia are permanent neighbors and should also be permanent friends. This is the only right and the best choice for the two countries. Both sides should continue to strengthen political mutual trust, consolidate the political foundation of bilateral relations, in particular respect each other's national sovereignty and territorial integrity, and refrain from interfering in each other's internal affairs. This is not only a political commitment when the two countries established diplomatic relations, but also a basic norm of international relations. Therefore, it should become an "anchor" for the healthy and stable development of bilateral relations.

Wang Yi emphasized, China and Mongolia are both developing countries and share extensive common interests in international and regional affairs. The two sides should strengthen support and cooperation in the United Nations and other multilateral frameworks, and jointly send out the positive voice of opposing unilateralism, supporting multilateralism, opposing splitting and confrontation, and supporting win-win cooperation.

Nyamtseren Enkhtaivan said, the Mongolian side attaches great importance to Mongolia-China relations and places cooperation with China as a priority in Mongolia's foreign policy. Since the outbreak of the epidemic, the two countries have maintained close high-level communication. We enjoy solid political mutual trust and continuously deepened mutually beneficial cooperation. Wang Yi is the first foreign minister to visit Mongolia since the outbreak, making the visit a vivid manifestation of the great importance China attaches to Mongolia-China relations and the traditional friendship between the two countries. The Mongolian side thanked the Chinese side for its anti-epidemic supplies, and expressed the willingness to continue to unite with the Chinese side to fight the epidemic and expand cooperation in traditional Chinese medicine. A "green channel" opened by both sides and more freight trains have played an important role in restoring and expanding trade between the two countries. The Mongolian side is willing to deepen cooperation with the Chinese side in areas including culture, education, health and innovation, and cooperation at local level, and intensify communication and coordination on multilateral stages to promote more mutually beneficial and win-win results.

The two foreign ministers reiterated and confirmed that China and Mongolia will respect each other's sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity and will not interfere in each other's internal affairs.

After the talks, the two foreign ministers signed the revised Agreement on China-Mongolia Border Ports and Their Management System, the annual cooperation plan of the Chinese and Mongolian ministries of foreign affairs and other documents, and jointly met the press.

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