Thursday, August 21, 2014

Mongolia Brief August 21, 2014 Part II

Ulaanbaatar to Cooperate with Russian Irkutsk in Winter Tourism
By B. Amarsaikhan
Ulaanbaatar, August 21 (MONTSAME) The Mayors of Ulaanbaatar and of Russian Irkutsk discussed ways of cooperating in a development of winter tourism on Wednesday.   

The Irkutsk delegation, together with administrations of Russian Moscow, Yakutsk, Vladivostok cities, recently participated in the forum of North East Asian Mayors at invitation of Mr S.Bat-Uul, the Mayor of Ulaanbaatar.
Mr A.Almukhamedov, the Deputy Mayor of Irkutsk, thanked Mr Bat-Uul for receiving them and for letting take part in the forum. In response, the UB Mayor mentioned about the forum's purposes as "strengthening a collaboration of the countries and cities in the region and determining mutual visions". He strongly believes that the UB and Irkutsk can cooperate in certain projects in the future, for example, in developing a winter tourism, about which said Mr Almukhamedov. Other two directions may be a reconstruction of old buildings, in which Irkutsk has accumulated experience, and a programme on air pollution, he said.
The sides agreed to work out plans and programmes on the above initiatives. 

Minister Ts.Oyungerel Meets Chinese Counterpart
By B. Khuder
Ulaanbaatar, August 21 (MONTSAME) A delegation headed by Mr Cai Wu, the Minister of Culture of the People’s Republic of China (PRC), started Wednesday a visit to Mongolia.
The same day, Mongolia’s Minister of Culture, Sport and Tourism Ms Ts.Oyungerel met with her counterpart of China. The latter, who is visiting Mongolia for the second time, emphasized the 65th anniversary of the Mongolia-China diplomatic relations, and expressed a satisfaction with widening bilateral relations and cooperation and with visiting Mongolia again. Then he said he wants to strengthen the cultural ties.
Wishing China’s delegation a comfortable stay here, the Mongolian Minister said she is glad with an expansion of the cultural and art ties between the two countries, “for example, many talented artists from China took part in the ‘Altargana’ international festival held here under auspices of the Prime Minister", and called the Chinese side to make efforts to boost a long-time friendly cooperation. She also said that she is thankful to China for rendering a support in restoring pieces of cultural heritage. The sides also exchanged views on conducting joint researches, co-fighting the trafficking of unique pieces of the cultural heritage and augmenting a quota of Mongolian students to study in China majoring in culture and arts.

PM Attends Concrete Factory Opening
By B. Khuder
Ulaanbaatar, August 21 (MONTSAME) The Prime Minister N.Altankhuyag Wednesday addressed an opening ceremony of a new factory of concrete.
Producing two types of concretes--aerocrete and light concrete--the factory has been erected by the “Dorniin Tsas” LLC within a goal of the cabinet for reforms “Let’s produce in Mongolia”.
The PM said the cabinet for reforms has a goal to have Mongolia manufacture products itself by exploiting own minerals. "Mongolia exports 2-3 thousand trains of concretes a year, a ‘Dorniin Tsas' company can  produce 200 thousand cubic meters of concretes a year, so we do not need import such an amount," Mr Altankhuyag said and thanked this company for founding the factory which will provide 30% of the product. The factory is not harmful to environment, is smoke-free, does not create waste, is equipped with the latest technologies, re-uses water, and employes 60 people, said executive director of the company.  

Mongolian Leader Welcomes President Xi Jinping
By B. Khuder
Ulaanbaatar, August 21 (MONTSAME) At 4.00 pm Thursday, the President of Mongolia Mr Elbegdorj and his spouse Ms Kh.Bolormaa officially welcomed the President of China Xi Jinping and his spouse on the Square of Chingis Khaan.
The Guard of honor was lined up, and members of the governments of Mongolia and China were present. After this, the dignitary is to leave his signature on the Note of Honored Guests in the State House. At 4.45 pm the two Presidents started official talks, then will sign an agreement between the two countries and call at 6 pm a press conference.

Marshal Yu.Tsedenbal’s Granddaughter Visits Mongolia
August 21 ( On August 20, 2014, Member of Parliament Mrs. D.Arvin received in the Government House, Mongolia's then the State Head and Prime Minister Yu.Tsedenbal's granddaughter Zorig ANASTASIYA.
At the beginning of meeting, Ms. Anastasiya appreciated for a warm reception and shared her travel experience to her grandfather’s birthplace namely Davst Sum of Uvs Aimag, Mongolia. She also expressed her gratitude that the Government pays respect to the Hero of Mongolia, Marshal Yumjaa TSEDENBAL and said, “During my visit to the grandfather’s birthplace, it gave me an impression to be a Mongolian when the local air took my breath away”.
Granddaughter Z.Anastasiya also noted that she came to visit MP D.Arvin to show her appreciation, who greatly assisted to Yu.Tsedenbal getting a nationality of Mongolia during the difficult periods of 1990s.
In response, MP D.Arvin thanked her for visiting Mongolia and wished to be closely tied with Mongolian country and people, and conferred an official invitation to her father Ts.Zorig to visit Mongolia.
Yumjaa TSEDENBAL (September 17, 1916 - April 20, 1991) was a prominent leader of Mongolia from 1952 to 1984. During his political life, he served as the State Head, Prime Minister and General Secretary of the Mongolian People's Revolutionary Party and a member of Political Bureau.
Yu.Tsedenbal was awarded with the highest title of the Hero of the People’s Republic of Mongolia, Hero of Labor and Marshal of Mongolia. He retired in 1984 and remained in Moscow until his death; his body was brought to Ulaanbaatar, where it was buried at Altan Ulgii cemetery.
His wife, Anastasia Ivanovna Filatova (1920 - October 21, 2001) was a national of the USSR, who was often said to be the most powerful political figure in Mongolia due to her close relationship with the Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev. They had two sons Vladislav and Zorig.
Yu.Tsedenbal’s granddaughter Z.Anastasia has graduated from Moscow Institute of Asian and African Studies and currently employed at a tourism company in Moscow to promote and introduce tourism program for Mongolia.
Z.Anastasia had her first visit to Mongolia in 2005 upon the invitation of TV9 television and paid a courtesy call on then Prime Minister S.Bayar.
At this time visit, she was also received by Prime Minister N.Altankhuyag.

Khalkh Gol Battle Exhibits Displayed
By B. Amarsaikhan
Ulaanbaatar, August 21 (MONTSAME) With over 200 exhibits including artifacts, photographs, videos, portraits of heroes, and weapons from the battlefield, an exhibition "Khalkh River 75" opened at Mongolian Army Museum on Thursday.
The Khalkh River Battle, however called as “Nomohkhan Incident”, “Border Encountering”, “Battle of Nomunkhan”, had played a key role in securing Mongolia’s independence, territorial integrity, and welfare of the people.
The exhibition consists of sections portraying the reasons led to Khalkh River Battle: the beginning--the battle in May, the air fight, in which the greatest in the world history number of war crafts had been involved, a general battle, its end, and a perpetuation of the great victory.
The same day and with the same theme, an exhibition opened at Mongolian Art Gallery at initiative of the Ministry of Environment and under auspices of the Prime Minister. It shows over 50 artworks and sculptures, reserved in the State Treasury. They all relate to the country’s independence and many generations' battles for freedom. Afterwards, an exhibition of young artists on the same theme will open as well. 

Parliamentarians Attend Exhibition Opening
By B. Amarsaikhan
Ulaanbaatar, August 21 (MONTSAME) Mongolian and Japanese calligraphy exhibition named "The sky and sun partnership" opened on Wednesday.
It has been dedicated to the 40th anniversary of cultural relations between Mongolia and Japan. 
Attaching an importance to this event, several officials came to the opening such as D.Erdenebat, a  head of the parliamentary faction of the Democratic Party and leader of the Mongolia-Japan  parliamentary group; Ministers Ts.Oyungerel and L.Gantumur; L.Bold, the Foreign minister; and Su.Batbold, S.Odontuya, M.Batchimeg and B.Garamgaibaatar MPs, as well as delegates of Japan-Mongolia parliamentary group of Japan parliament.
According to action's organizers, the exhibition also shows creations of political figures such as the President of Mongolia Ts.Elbegdorj, the PM N.Altankhuyag, and Shinzo Abe, the PM of Japan.  
The exhibition includes over 100 calligraphy pieces that feature the ties between the two countries and beauty of the Mongolian and Japanese scripts.
This exhibition is to open in Japan this November.

EXIM Bank President Comes with Financing Opportunities
August 21 (Mongolian Economy) Many meetings followed the visit of China’s President, Xi Jinping. Yesterday, the Minister of the Ministry of Economic Development, N. Batbayar, met with Li Ruogu, the Chairman and President of the Export-Import Bank of China (EXIM), alongside other representatives. The participants discussed past loans and nonrefundable assistance processes from China while attempting to define the objectives of a future partnership. For example, in the past, China has granted Mongolia over 800 million Yuan of nonrefundable assistance and 800 million USD of loans.
Li Ruogu has expressed an interest to expand cooperation with Mongolia on wider issues as Mongolia is experiencing a time of great development. N. Batbayar has highlighted the years between 1950 and 1962 to have been the climax of relations of both countries thus the importance of the meeting is to intensify projects that are experiencing slow growth. 
Both parties have agreed on the financing of some projects such as creating the first highway, installing pipes spanning China, Russia and Mongolia in a project called “Taliin Zam” or Steppe Road, and enhancing railway and energy sectors.  

Xi Jinping Arrived to Sign Crucial Agreements
August 21 (Mongolian Economy) This morning at 11:00 am, the Chinese President, Xi Jinping, landed in Mongolia with his wife for an official visit upon the invitation of Ts. Elbegdorj. After landing, they were greeted by the Prime Minster, N. Altankhuyag, and his wife, Kh. Selenge, and the Foreign Affairs Minister, L. Bold. His visit will last for two days and will involve a series of important meetings. This afternoon, Xi Jinping and his wife met with the Ts. Elbejdorj and his wife at Chinggis Square at 16:00 pm which led into a meeting beginning at 16:45 pm. 
After the meeting, it is expected that both parties will sign over ten agreements including one regarding the development of transit transportation. As a landlocked country, Mongolia will have the opportunity to discuss the progress of this project with the help of China to allow it access to the Pacific Ocean. This is seen as a chance to define the development of Mongolia during the next 20 years. 
As of 2013, trade between China and Mongolia estimated USD 5.4 billion. Of this value, USD 3.7 billion came from exported products to China and the rest came from imported products. Approximately 90 percent of all exported items were mining products. Another important issue that will be discussed is the change in protocol regarding a prisoner transfer agreement. There are currently 40 Mongolians that are jailed in China, and the approval of this agreement will allow Mongolia to bring the prisoners back. 
Last year, the Mongolian Prime Minister visited China on an official visit. Then, Erdenes Tavan Tolgoi, Energy Resources and Tavan Tolgoi signed a memorandum with Xinhua Energy. This is expected to last 20 years and will export one billion tonnes of coal. Today, Erdenes Mongol and China Railway Engineering Corporation (CREC) signed onto the memorandum. 
CREC ranks 112th out of 225 global contractors. It is a state-owned construction company and is considered to be the largest construction company in the world. CREC is involved in a wide array of infrastructural projects overseas, especially throughout Southeast Asia and Africa. The company is made up of 31 member enterprises: 16 super-large construction enterprises, 3 large surveying and designing enterprises, 3 large research and development enterprises, 5 large manufacturing enterprises and 4 other organizations run by Headquarters. 

Passengers to Be Served with All-Day Valid Public Transportation Ticket
August 21 ( From tomorrow or August 22 to August 31, 2014, the Capital City Administration and the Traffic Police Department of Ulaanbaatar have issued a 10-day regulation cutting 50% of all vehicles on the UB road in order to decrease traffic load before new school year.
In other words, vehicles those plate numbers ending with EVEN numbers are to participate on the road on EVEN days and vehicles ending with ODD numbers allowed on ODD days between August 22 and August 31, 2014.
As part of the regulation, the City Administration also issued a temporary regulation for riders of public transportation and in the frameworks; a colored ticket for public transportation that valid for certain day and costs 500 MNT (Tugrug) will be effective for all-day despite of public transportation types such as big and small capacity buses, trolleybus, micro-bus or railbus, which means someone who buys a ticket will be enabled to ride and change the transport with same ticket for the day permitted.
However, it would cause losses to public service providers, but the City distributes 1.3 billion MNT for these 10 days to cover the expenditure.

State Visit’s Official Program of President Of China Xi Jinping to Mongolia
August 21 ( The President of the People’s Republic of China Xi Jinping and his spouse Peng Liyuan are paying a two-day state visit to Mongolia on August 21-22, 2014.
The two-day state visit’s official program of the President of China Xi Jinpin to Mongolia
Thursday, August 21, 2014
11:20 am - The delegates to arrive at the Chinggis Khaan International Airport with Beijing-Ulaanbaatar special charter flight
04:00 pm - President of Mongolia Tsakhia ELBEGDORJ and his spouse Khajidsuren BOLORMAA to welcome the President of the People’s Republic of China Xi Jinping and his spouse Peng Liyuan at Chinggis Square, Ulaanbaatar
04:45 pm - President of Mongolia Ts.Elbegdorj and President of the PR of China Xi Jinpin to hold an official talk in the Government House, “A” Hall
05:45 pm - President of Mongolia Ts.Elbegdorj and President of the PR of China Xi Jinpin to be present at official document signing ceremony in the Government House, Ceremonial Hall
06:00 pm - President of Mongolia Ts.Elbegdorj and President of the PR of China Xi Jinpin to hold a press conference and deliver statements in the Government House, Ceremonial Hall
Friday, August 22, 2014
09:30 am - Prime Minister of Mongolia Norov ALTANKHUYAG to pay a courtesy call on the President of the PR of China Xi Jinpin in the Government House, “B” Hall
10:10 am - Speaker of the State Great Khural (Parliament) Zandaakhuu ENKHBOLD to pay a courtesy call on the President of the PR of China Xi Jinpin in the Government House, “B” Hall
10:45 am - President of the PR of China Xi Jinpin to deliver a speech in the Session Hall of the Parliament of Mongolia
03:30 pm - President of the PR of China Xi Jinpin to attend in the opening ceremony of photo exhibition themed “Timeline of China-Mongolia Trade and Economic Partnerships”, “Tuushin” Hotel, 5th floor
04:30 pm - Mongolian Mini-Naadam Festival will be organized for the President of the People’s Republic of China Xi Jinping and his spouse Peng Liyuan, “Chinggisiin Khuree” tourist camp
05:30 pm - Departure from Chinggis Khaan International Airport, Ulaanbaatar
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