Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Mongolia welcome on China’s train: Xi - Global Times

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday told Mongolian lawmakers that the inland country is welcomed to come aboard China's train of development.

"China is willing to offer opportunities and room to Mongolia and other neighbors for common development," Xi said in a speech delivered at the State Great Hural of Mongolia, the country's parliament.

"You can take a ride on our express train or just hitchhike, all are welcome," he said.

China has the largest number of neighboring countries in the world and sees this as a valuable asset.

"We will uphold the guidelines of amity, sincerity, mutual benefit and inclusiveness in neighborhood diplomacy. China will surely do what it has said and deliver on what it has promised," Xi said.

Xi noted that Asia is the world's most economically dynamic region and it is also a place rife with a host of sensitive issues.

Countries in the region, said Xi, should respect each other's independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity, respect each other's free choice of social system and development path, not interfere in each other's internal affairs and deepen mutual understanding.

During a separate meeting with Mongolian Prime Minister Norov Altankhuyag on Friday, Xi said that a more open and developed China will bring more opportunities to Mongolia.

China is willing to join hands with Mongolia to bring into full play the newly-forged comprehensive strategic partnership between the two countries, said Xi.

The Silk Road Economic Belt initiative and the envisaged Asian infrastructure investment bank should be seen as new platforms for China-Mongolia cooperation, noted Xi.

Altankhuyag said Xi's visit is highly indicative of the great importance China attaches to its relations with Mongolia.

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