Thursday, May 8, 2014

Mongolian border festivals

The Mongolian border city of Erenhot is holding a series of festivals to mark the 65th anniversary of Sino-Mongolian diplomatic relations.

The events will include the China, Mongolia and Russia Road Rally, the International Prairie Music Festival, the Erenhot International Fashion Festival and the second annual Retracing the Tea Road Festival.

Erenhot is the largest entrepĂ´t on the Chinese-Mongolian border. Because of its geographic advantages, it has served as a bridge for communication between the two nations since their establishment of diplomatic ties, particularly after China's policy of opening-up started taking hold in the late 1970s.

In recent years, more than 2 million people have crossed the border at Erenhot annually, as well as more than 13 million tons of goods, accounting for more than 60 percent of the trade volume between the two nations.

Wu La, the executive vice mayor of Erenhot, noted at a media conference held April 28 at the Inner Mongolia Grand Hotel that China and Mongolia have conducted in-depth cooperation in the political, economic, cultural and other fields. In 2011, China and Mongolia's ties developed into a strategic partnership, and in October 2013, the two governments signed the Sino-Mongolian Strategic Partnership Medium- and Long-term Development Outline, pushing bilateral cooperation into a new historical stage.

Saruul Badamdorj, who heads the Mongolian Consulate in Erenhot, said, "In bilateral exchange and cooperation in trade, economics, culture and sports, Erenhot plays an important role that links the two countries."

Global Times

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