Chinese President Xi Jinping, his wife Peng Liyuan, and other official Chinese representatives paid a two-day state visit to Mongolia from August 21 to 22, at the invitation of Mongolian President Ts.Elbegdorj.
President Ts.Elbegdorj welcomed the Chinese representatives: “I extend to Your Excellencies President Xi Jinping and Mrs. Peng Liyuang, and distinguished guests, my sincere welcome to Mongolia during this historic visit, which heralds a new page in bilateral relations between our countries.”
During the visit, approximately 30 agreements, memoranda and contracts were signed between the governments, government authorities, enterprises and companies, namely for issues concerning the economy, trade and transport sectors, and upgrading Mongolia-China bilateral relations to a comprehensive strategic partnership.
“Great things may be done by mass effort. China is willing to provide the opportunity and space for common development with neighboring countries, including Mongolia, so that they may benefit from China’s development,” stated the Chinese President.
At the State Ceremonial Ger, the two presidents had a private conversation, where the Mongolian President made several propositions for cooperation in the production and gasification of coal, increasing the number of goods from Asia to Europe passing through Mongolia to 100 million tons by 2020, enhancing transit railway performance for Russia, Mongolia and China, and support for Mongolia’s bid to join APEC. He also emphasized tax-free and unlimited export of goods, especially those from the agricultural sector.
In response, President Xi Jinping agreed to take the propositions into consideration, guaranteed to support Mongolia’s membership in APEC, and invited President Ts.Elbegdorj to partake in APEC’s high level meeting in China in September. The Chinese side also mentioned their willingness to cooperate in the energy sector by partnering the construction and operation of a coal power plant and importing coal, and showed interest in signing a Russia-Mongolia-China transit transport agreement and developing a China-Mongolia-Europe transit transport system.
On the final day of his two-day state visit to Mongolia, Chinese President Xi Jinping delivered a speech to a special session of the Mongolian parliament, underlining that Mongolia-China relations had entered their best period in history and pointing out the significance of signing a comprehensive strategic partnership, the peak of bilateral relations.
Mongolian President Ts.Elbegdorj, MPs, Head of the Diplomatic Corps, and other Mongolian officials, as well as the Chinese delegation, were present at the special parliamentary session.
Analysts say the first state visit in 11 years by the head of the Chinese state to Mongolia contributed considerably to solving many issues concerning sea ports, new routes for railway, the trade volume of commodities, duration of agreements and facilitations, and created an opportunity for the two presidents to exchange views on a broad range of international and regional issues of mutual interest.
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