Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Mongolia Brief September 12, 2014 Part III

Reps of DPRK Central News Agency Visit
By B. Amarsaikhan
Ulaanbaatar, September 12 (MONTSAME) The head of President’s Office Mr P.Tsagaan received Friday the representatives of the N.Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) of Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, led by Mr Kim Chang Gwang, the director of the agency.

The delegation is here at the invitation of Mr A.Baatarkhuyag, the Director-General of National MONTSAME news agency. 
Present at the meeting were also Mr Hong Gyu, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of DPRK to Mongolia, Ri Yong Pil, the secretary-general of the N.Korean embassy; Rim Hu Ryon, a director of foreign relations division of KCNA; and A.Baatarkhuyag together with Sh.Batbold, his deputy.
The Director of KCNA Kim Chang Gwang said he is visiting Mongolia for the first time and expressed a satisfaction with the expanding diplomatic relations between the two countries. He also said the visit of President Ts.Elbegdorj to DPRK in 2013 shown the advancement of the bilateral relations in a higher level, and that the two countries’ media organizations play crucial roles in developing the ties between the two nations. "Our organization has information exchange cooperation agreement with the MONTSAME agency," he added.
In response, Mr Tsagaan wished the guests a nice stay in Mongolia and stressed that the two peoples have been supporting each other in difficult times. He expressed a satisfaction with the expansion of the diplomatic ties between the two countries and said he is confident that the collaboration between the two Agencies will boost more. 
After this, the guests visited the Civil hall, established at initiative of the President of Mongolia, and were informed that the more people involved in the state activities the more transparent the decisions are, and that draft laws, initiated by the President, are discussed by ordinary people in this hall. 

Mongolian Peace-Promoting Training Center Joins NATO Network
By B. Amarsaikhan
Ulaanbaatar, September 12 (MONTSAME) The Peace Promoting Training Center (PPTC) at the 311ty unit of Mongolian Armed Forces has joined the NATO network of Education and Training Centers.
This happened in accordance with a decision of the organization’s Wales Summit on this August 21, reported the Politics and Security Committee of the organization on Thursday. Mongolia has become the 23rd country to join the PPTC. 
These training centers hold various types of military and professional trainings, seminars and conferences, as well as field and command-staff exercises for military officers to attend NATO based the UN actions. This year’s candidates for the network besides the PPTC included School of Special Operations of the USA and Language Course in Marshall Center, and PPTC of Mongolia won the membership to the network. A total of 39 military officials have participated in the trainings from NATO as of this August. 

MONTSAME and KCNA to Exchange News and Information
September 12 ( On September 12, 2014, Chief of Staff of the Office of the President of Mongolia P.Tsagaan received a delegation of the Korean Central News Agency of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) led by Director General Kim Chang Gwang.
Mr. Kim Chang Gwang is visiting Mongolia at the invitation of the MONTSAME news agency. Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the DPRK to Mongolia Hong Gyu, Director of MONTSAME news agency A.Baatarkhuyag and other officials were present at the meeting.
At the meeting Mr. Kim Chang Gwang noted with satisfaction the successful development of bilateral diplomatic relations between the two countries and emphasized that the visit of President of Mongolia Ts.Elbegdorj to the DPRK in 2013 played an important role in bringing the mutual relations to a new stage of development. Mr. Kim Chang Gwang underlined the importance of the role of mass media organizations in enhancing mutual relations and informed that the Korean Central News Agency and MONTSAME signed agreement on sharing news and information.
Then delegation led by Mr. Kim Chang Gwang visited the Citizen’s Chamber (Citizen Hall) at the Government Palace, initiated by President Ts.Elbegdorj. Guests got acquainted with the activities of the Citizen’s Chamber, which is established in 2009, to receive, consider and incorporate citizens’ suggestions and concerns with respect to the policies and decisions of the President of Mongolia and State institutions, and when necessary, to help facilitate the consensus building among the social  groups, factions, and political forces.

Memorial dedicated to victory of Khalkh Gol battles erected in Moscow
September 12 ( A tank memorial built on the 75th anniversary of the victory of the Battles at Khalkh Gol was erected in Moscow, on September 10th, with special support from Konstantin Kuksin, director of the Museum of Nomadic Culture in Eastern Moscow and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Mongolia to the Russian Federation Sh.Altangerel, as well as other officials and well-wishers.
The event kicked off with opening remarks from Konstantin Kuksin and Sh.Altangerel, member of the State Duma of the Russian Federation Sergei Mironov, and other Russian government officials.
After the ribbon cutting, Mongolian and Russian national flags were raised and their anthems were played.
At the event, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Mongolia to the Russian Federation Sh.Altangerel presented a memorial medal for the 75th anniversary of the victory of the Battles at Khalkh Gol to Sergei Mironov and a member of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, Bayar Jamsuev.
The ΠΆ-26 tank memorial is the first monument for the victory of the Khalkh gol battles in Moscow, and one of the largest projects launched in the scope of the 75th anniversary of the historical victory by Mongolian and Soviet soldiers.

Speech by President Xi Jinping at First Formal Trilateral Meeting between Heads of State of Mongolia, Russia and China
September 12 ( On September 11, 2014, President of the People’s Republic of China Xi Jinping made a statement responding Mongolia’s proposal on hosting “Ulaanbaatar Meeting” during the first formal trilateral meeting between the heads of state of Mongolia, Russia and China held in Dushanbe, Tajikistan.
In his speech, President Xi Jinping said, “This presidential-level meeting is a very significantly important in terms of exchanging opinions on interests of three states and I believe positive results would be reached from this meeting. Thank you.
I would like to express China's position on the three-country meeting. Upon the initiation of the President of Mongolia Ts.Elbegdorj, the meeting between the heads of state of Mongolia, Russia and China shows high importance to the development of tripartite relations.
During my recent visit to Mongolia, I and President Ts.Elbegdorj have agreed that it is important to develop strategic partnership between China, Mongolia and Russia. This three-party presidential meeting will bring close mutual trusts between the three states. In the scope of beneficial economic partnership, the three countries can develop complementary ties by taking their advantages based on mutually win-win cooperation. In addition, it is beneficial in the Northeast Asian regional cooperation. It says a good beginning is half of the success.
I believe this meeting brought good fundamentals for further development of the three-way relationship. Just now, President Ts.Elbegdorj forwarded several proposals. For instance, a three-side regular meeting is proposed to be hosted in Ulaanbaatar.
In this regard, China has its own suggestion. This proposal will be considered by reflecting the parties’ decision. The Russia-Mongolia-China Presidential Meeting can be arranged in the regular rotation or may be organized during an international event in accordance with the requirements. For example, it may be conducted during the Meeting of the Council of Heads of State of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.
I have another suggestion. The relevant organs of three parties should develop a general regulation on studying the topics and summary of the meeting between heads of state and a mechanism on Vice Foreign Minister-level consultations should be also established; besides I propose to conduct comprehensive cooperation between three countries.
Mongolia is willing to join the APEC. We support this request. Also, we are ready to collaborate with other relevant parties to make joint efforts and the first factual activity of China-Russia-Mongolia tripartite cooperation is being comprised.
Last year, China initiated the Silk Road Economic Belt, where Russia and Mongolia have replied positively. I and Mr. President V.V.Putin agreed to link the Silk Road Economic Belt with Russian, European and Asian railway networks. Moreover, I and Mr. President Ts.Elbelgdorj have also agreed to connect the Silk Road Economic Belt with Mongolia’s initiated the Steppe Road Project.
The three countries’ development strategies are mutually consistent and it is possible to establish a China-Russia-Mongolia economic corridor. Moreover, it is very important to intensify the constructions of railway and auto road between the three countries, which is considered an urgent problem concerning all of us.
In order to strengthen trilateral partnership, we can arrange a meeting to discuss on renewing main railway tracks and to accelerate auto road construction project linking the three countries, besides, to facilitate transportation. China understand that Mongolia as a landlocked country has forwarded a request to increase freight transportation volume via its territory and to reduce the transit transport tariff. We are ready to collaborate with Mongolia and Russia on moving forward and intensify an issue of trilateral transit transport.
China and Russia have already established 750 MW of 500 kilovolt power transmission network. We are currently studying the feasibility of building a transnational power grid. Furthermore, the discussion of establishing a three-party power plant is open and Mongolia’s participation in the China-Russia energy cooperation is ready to be discussed.
As part of China’s initiatives, the three countries can boost cooperation in such areas as tourism, media, environmental protection, and disaster prevention and relief.
China pays an important attention to the proposals forwarded by Mongolia during the SCO meeting held Bishkek last year and during the Prime Ministerial Meeting took place in Uzbekistan. We support Mongolia’s request to deepen partnership with SCO in trade, investment, culture, education and technical cooperation. In few years to come, legal preparations on increasing the number of SCO member-states will be accomplished. Mongolia is the first Observer country at SCO and it is viable if become a member-state of the Organization. Also, it consistent with the security and development interests of Mongolia. Therefore, China as a friendly neighbor and strategic partner of Mongolia is supporting the country to join the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and we want Mongolian side to study it seriously.
Together we protect the principles of the UN regime and the fundamental principles of international relations, we should protect international regime and its security cooperation system carried out by the UN’s main role. Moreover, we should reject rude participation in activities in the domestic affairs of other countries. We should follow the new security concept of mutually beneficial and equal cooperation. We should work together to cease international disputes and issues of hot concerns by the means of peaceful and through political dialogues. We will support the President V.V.Putin’s efforts and his political solutions to solve the Ukrainian crisis.
Next year, I and President V.V.Putin will be organizing several measures in the scope of the 70th anniversary of the Allied victory in the World War II as well as the 70th anniversary of founding of the United Nations. In 2015, I am will be conducting a visit to Moscow and President V.V.Putin to Beijing to participate in ceremonial events and in this regard, it is our pleasure to welcome the President Ts.Elbegdorj and heads of state of other nations to attend the events to be hosted by China and Russia sides.
We support Mongolia to join APEC and we support Mongolia’s initiation to host Ulaanbaatar Dialogue and we support Mongolia’s appropriate participation in the Northeast mechanism. These dialogues are significant with its importance.
Thank you.”

Deputy PM meets with high officials of China
By B. Khuder
Ulaanbaatar, September 12 (MONTSAME) The Mongolian Deputy Prime Minister D.Terbishdagva met with high officials from some countries during the "Summer Davos Meeting" of the World Economic Forum (WEF) which ran September 10-12 in Tianjin of China.
Mr Terbsihdagva attended a banquet of honor held by Li Keqiang, the Premier of China, and participated in discussions themed “2015 forecast of world economy” and “Tendency of Chinese economy”.
He also met with Mr Philipp Rosler, Managing Director and Member of the Managing Board of the WEF. Mr Terbishdagva expressed a satisfaction with the current cooperation between Mongolia and the WEF and said Mongolia wants to deepen this collaboration in the mining, water safety, green development and anti-corruption, and to host East Asian Summit of the WEF in 2016 in Ulaanbaatar.
Then the Deputy PM held unofficial meetings with Li Keqiang, the PRC Premier; Yanjin, a member of the State Council; and Xu Shaoshi, a chairman of the National Development and Reform Commission. He also met Cui Jindu, the First Vice Mayor of Tianjin city.

UN director for Asia and Pacific visits
By B. Amarsaikhan
Ulaanbaatar, September 12 (MONTSAME) The Minister of Industry and Agriculture Sh.Tuvdendorj received Friday the executive director of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (UNFAO) and a director responsible for Asia and Pacific region Hirouki Konuma.
The latter emphasized Mongolia’s efforts into successful realization of Memorandum and Medium-term Cooperation Programme of 2012 with the UNFAO, and thanked Mongolia for its "triumphant implementation of technical cooperation projects and programmes hosted by the UNFAO". He also expressed a gratitude for successful organization of the 32nd Asia-Pacific conference in Ulaanbaatar March 10-14 this year, and invited the Minister to the UNFAO general forum to be held in Rome in 2015.
The “Best Worker” award was bestowed upon Mr Hirouki Konuma during his visit for his valuable contribution to the cooperation between Mongolia and the Food and Agriculture Organization.

Speaker receives ATPF reps
By B. Khuder
Ulaanbaatar, September 12 (MONTSAME) The Speaker of parliament Z.Enkhbold Friday received representatives who took part in the 27th meeting of the Asian Trade Promotion Forum (ATPF) which is continuing in Ulaanbaatar.
The Speaker expressed a satisfaction with meeting these representatives and wished them success. He emphasized that the ATPF’s meeting is coinciding with a trilateral meeting of the Presidents of Mongolia, Russia and China in Tajikistan, and appreciated an expansion of the ATPF.
Easing trade, attracting foreign investments, transferring into the green economy and developing the eco-industrialization are priorities of the Mongolian government, the Speaker said and thanked the ATPF for cooperating with Mongolia in seeking developmental solutions and discussing many matters.
Mr Enkhbold underlined that Mongolia has taken several measures for attracting foreign investments and creating nice conditions, and noted that the Mongolian National Chamber of Commerce and Industry has significantly contributed to this.
The ATPF representatives thanked the Speaker for the audience and briefed about agendas discussed at the forum. They underlined that the forum has run fruitfully and that Mongolia has organized it successfully.

Wreaths laid to Monument of the repressed in Moscow
By B. Khuder
Ulaanbaatar, September 12 (MONTSAME) On occasion of the Memorial Day for the politically repressed people, a ceremony took place Wednesday to lay wreaths to the Monument of the repressed. 
Present at the ceremony were diplomats of the Mongolian Embassy in Russia, officials of Moscow-based representatives of Mongolian companies, and others. The monument was erected in 2001 and was repaired in 2013. 
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