Xi Jinping Meets with President Khaltmaa Battulga of Mongolia

On June 10, 2018, President Xi Jinping met in Qingdao with President Khaltmaa Battulga of Mongolia.

Xi Jinping pointed out that China and Mongolia are close neighbors connected by mountains and rivers. The development of China-Mongolia relations conforms to the fundamental interests of the two peoples. I appreciate that Mr. President has repeatedly expressed that he values bilateral relations after taking office, and that he stands ready to promote the constant development of China-Mongolia comprehensive strategic partnership. China is willing to, based on the principle of mutual trust, cooperation and win-win results, work with Mongolia to seize opportunities, eliminate interference, steadily conduct exchanges and cooperation in various fields, and enrich the connotation of bilateral comprehensive strategic partnership, in a bid to break new ground of cooperation between the two countries.

Xi Jinping stressed that both sides should well grasp the right direction of the friendly cooperative relations between the two countries from a strategic height and long-term perspective, and understand and respect each other on issues concerning respective core interests and major concerns. Both sides should maintain the momentum of high-level exchanges, strengthen exchanges in various fields and at all levels, and enhance political mutual trust. Combining with respective advantages, the two countries should conduct mutually beneficial cooperation, give full play to the driving and guiding role of cooperation in major projects to bilateral practical cooperation, and speed up the promotion of the integration and implementation of the Belt and Road Initiative and the "Prairie Road Development" initiative. Both sides should strengthen people-to-people and cultural exchanges and well host the commemorative and exchange activities marking the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Mongolia in 2019.

Xi Jinping pointed out that Mongolia is the first observer state of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), and that China supports Mongolia in elevating the level of cooperation with the SCO. China is willing to, together with Mongolia and Russia, well implement the Planning Outline of the Construction of China-Mongolia-Russia Economic Corridor so as to push forward trilateral cooperation for more progress.

Khaltmaa Battulga congratulated China on successfully hosting the SCO Qingdao Summit. Mongolia stands ready to strive to elevate the level of cooperation with the SCO. He thanked President Xi Jinping’s personal care about and promotion of the development of Mongolia-China relations, and highly appreciated China’s important contributions to safeguarding peace and stability in Northeast Asia. Developing friendly relations and mutually beneficial cooperation with China is a priority of Mongolia’s diplomacy. Mongolia firmly adheres to the one-China principle, believes that Taiwan-related and Xi Zang-related affairs are China’s internal affairs, and will properly deal with issues concerning Taiwan and Xi Zang based on the above principles. Mongolia hopes to, together with China, maintain high-level exchanges, cement exchanges and cooperation in various fields, and enhance non-governmental friendship.

Ding Xuexiang, Yang Jiechi, Wang Yi, He Lifeng and others attended the meeting.

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