|Wang Yi Holds Talks with Minister of Foreign Affairs Damdin Tsogtbaatar of Mongolia|
On August 23, 2018, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi held talks with Minister of Foreign Affairs Damdin Tsogtbaatar of Mongolia in Ulaanbaatar.
Wang Yi said that China and Mongolia are friendly neighbors connected by mountains and rivers. Since the establishment of the new Mongolian government, Mongolia has attached more importance to China and placed China in the prominent and important position of Mongolia's foreign relations. The Chinese side fully recognizes and highly appreciates such gestures. We will, in accordance with the concept of amity, sincerity, mutual benefit and inclusiveness put forward by President Xi Jinping, take the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries next year as an opportunity to promote China-Mongolia relations to embark on a fast lane and continuously achieve new progress. To this end, the Chinese side proposes that the two countries should intensify exchanges at all levels, promote the joint construction of the Belt and Road Initiative, constantly deepen bilateral practical cooperation, and speed up the cooperation between the two countries in the border areas, thus benefiting the two peoples. Both sides should strengthen people-to-people and cultural exchanges to consolidate the public opinion foundation of China-Mongolia friendship, and steadily promote the cooperation among China, Mongolia and Russia to jointly safeguard the rules-based world trading system.
Wang Yi pointed out that the mutual respect for core interests and major concerns and the continuous improvement of political mutual trust are prerequisites and guarantees for the stable development of China-Mongolia relations. China respects Mongolia's independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity and also respects the development path chosen by the Mongolian people independently. It is also hoped that the Mongolian side will keep its promises, continue to firmly support the stance of the Chinese side on Taiwan, Xi Zang, and Xinjiang-related issues concerning China's core interests and properly handle relevant sensitive issues.
Damdin Tsogtbaatar said that developing good neighborly and friendly relations and mutually beneficial cooperation with China is Mongolia's primary foreign policy. For a long time, the two countries have developed bilateral relations on the basis of mutual respect for independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity, and non-interference in each other's internal affairs, which has become a model of peaceful coexistence between large and small countries. Damdin Tsogtbaatar fully agreed with Wang Yi's proposal on promoting the development of bilateral relations in the next stage. The Mongolian side is willing to work with the Chinese side to take the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries next year as an opportunity to intensify high-level exchanges, and expand bilateral practical cooperation, so as to continuously enrich and deepen the comprehensive strategic partnership of the two countries.
Damdin Tsogtbaatar expressed that the Mongolian side firmly adheres to the one-China policy and insists that Taiwan and Xi Zang are inalienable parts of China. This stance will remain unchanged. The Mongolian side highly appreciates the Belt and Road Initiative and the neighboring diplomatic concept of amity, sincerity, mutual benefit and inclusiveness put forward by President Xi Jinping, and believes that the important initiative and the concept are conducive to maintaining regional peace and stability, promoting global economic growth, and providing new opportunities for the development of China's neighboring countries and the deepening of Mongolia-China relations. The Mongolian side thanks China for its long-term assistance to the economic and social development of Mongolia and stands ready to actively promote the integration of the Development Road Initiative and the Belt and Road Initiative. It is hoped that more Chinese enterprises will invest and establish business in Mongolia.
The two foreign ministers also exchanged views on hotspot issues of common concern.
After the talks, the two sides signed a memorandum of understanding between the Chinese and Mongolian governments on commemorating the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries and the cooperation plan between the Chinese and Mongolian Foreign Ministries for 2019-2020, and then jointly met the press.