|Xi Jinping Chairs the Fourth Meeting of Heads of State of China, Russia and Mongolia|
On June 9, 2018, President Xi Jinping held the fourth meeting of heads of state of China, Russia and Mongolia with President Vladimir Putin of Russia and President Khaltmaa Battulga of Mongolia in Qingdao. Xi Jinping chaired the meeting. The three heads of state comprehensively summarized the progress and results of the trilateral cooperation, and jointly mapped out the priority tasks and direction for the next stage.
Xi Jinping pointed out that since the first meeting of heads of state of China, Russia and Mongolia more than three years ago, the three countries have, centering on the mainline of the integration of the “Belt and Road” construction of China, development strategies of Russia, especially the construction of the grand Eurasian passage, and Mongolia’s “Prairie Road Development” initiative, relied on the geographical advantage of being neighboring countries to each other to advance and deepen cooperation gradually, which has achieved fruitful results at the current stage. As China, Russia and Mongolia are neighboring countries and traditional strategic partners to each other, the three countries enjoy natural advantages and a sound foundation of conducting cooperation. Today, against the backdrop of economic globalization and regional economic integration, the three parties should make concerted efforts to blaze a universally beneficial trail featuring mutual benefit and win-win results and integrated development to forge an example of cooperation between neighboring countries.
Xi Jinping stressed that, in the next period, China, Russia and Mongolia should deepen political mutual trust and strategic coordination, enhance mutual support, respect each other’s core interests, accommodate each other’s major concerns, strengthen coordination and cooperation in international and regional affairs, and well grasp the general direction of the trilateral cooperation from the political perspective. The three countries should, with the promotion of key cooperation programs as the locomotive, guide comprehensive cooperation. The three countries should, centering on the implementation of the Planning Outline of the Construction of the China-Mongolia-Russia Economic Corridor, focus on promoting the economic corridor construction, and actively discuss cooperation in such areas as infrastructure connectivity, as well as promote the sub-regional cooperation in the neighboring regions of the three countries. The three countries should expand coordination and cooperation within the framework of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), and elevate the level of Mongolia’s relations with the SCO. Mongolia is welcome to participate in the SCO cooperation in a more in-depth manner.
Vladimir Putin expressed that it is very important for Russia, China and Mongolia to deepen cooperation. He is very glad to see the trilateral cooperation being advanced steadily. Russia agrees to strengthen the trilateral cooperation in areas such as transportation, infrastructure, customs and tourism to facilitate trade and personnel exchanges. The three sides should conduct people-to-people and cultural exchanges in a more intensified manner.
Khaltmaa Battulga expressed that developing friendly cooperation with China and Russia, the two everlasting neighboring countries, is the top priority of Mongolia. Mongolia is willing to make joint efforts with China and Russia to implement the consensus of the trilateral cooperation, launch the construction of the Mongolia-China-Russia Economic Corridor as soon as possible, as well as propel cooperation in infrastructure, energy transportation and other areas.
Ding Xuexiang, Yang Jiechi, Wang Yi, He Lifeng and others attended the meeting.