|Wang Yi Introduces the Consensuses Reached at China-Mongolia Foreign Ministers' Meeting|
On August 23, 2018, when jointly meeting the press with Minister of Foreign Affairs Damdin Tsogtbaatar of Mongolia in Ulaanbaatar, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi introduced the main consensuses reached at China-Mongolia Foreign Ministers' meeting.
Wang Yi said that the Chinese side fully recognizes that the new Mongolian government pursues a more distinct and firm policy towards China. The purpose of my visit to Mongolia upon invitation is to meet the Mongolian side halfway and have in-depth communication so as to jointly implement the consensus reached by the leaders of the two countries. Both countries should add new connotation to China-Mongolia comprehensive strategic partnership by enhancing political mutual trust and mutual support; both sides should seize the rare opportunity for the development of China-Mongolia relations to push bilateral relations into the fast lane; both sides should work together to jointly build the Belt and Road Initiative so as to give new wings to the development and revitalization of China and Mongolia; and both sides should take the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Mongolia as the opportunity to elevate China-Mongolia relations to new stages.
Wang Yi said that Minister of Foreign Affairs Damdin Tsogtbaatar and I reached a lot of important consensuses.
First, the two sides unanimously agreed to respect each other's core interests and jointly safeguard the political foundation of bilateral relations. The Mongolian side reiterates its firm adherence to the one-China policy and believes that both Taiwan and Xi Zang are inalienable parts of Chinese territory. The Chinese side also promises to respect Mongolia's independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity as always and respect the Mongolian people's independent choice of the development path suited to Mongolia's national conditions.
Second, the two sides unanimously agreed to maintain the momentum of high-level exchanges and strengthen the correct guidance on bilateral relations. The Chinese side welcomes President Khaltmaa Battulga to pay a state visit to China next year. I invite Minister of Foreign Affairs Damdin Tsogtbaatar to visit China at an appropriate time next year. The two sides will also strengthen exchanges and dialogues between various government departments, political parties and parliaments, so as to continuously enhance mutual understanding and trust.
Third, the two sides unanimously agreed to speed up the integration and implementation of the Belt and Road Initiative and the Development Road Initiative of the Mongolian side and formulate through consultations a specific work plan. The two sides announced the launch of the joint feasibility study on the China-Mongolia free trade agreement and agreed to accelerate the signing of the inter-governmental agreement on the China-Mongolia cross-border economic cooperation zone.
Fourth, the two sides unanimously agreed to comprehensively deepen practical and mutually beneficial cooperation and strive to achieve the goal of 10 billion US dollars trade volume in 2020 set by the two countries. The wastewater treatment plant in Ulaanbaatar supported by the Chinese side has made important progress and will be officially started within this year. The China-funded project to renovate Mongolia's shantytowns has entered the initiation phase with construction expected to start next year. The port infrastructure construction projects of the two countries are also being accelerated. In addition, the Chinese side will actively consider the Mongolian side's desire to expand the export of animal husbandry products and mineral products to China and continue to provide support and convenience to Mongolia in terms of transit transportation, access to the sea and other aspects.
Fifth, the two sides unanimously agreed to start preparations for activities related to the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries next year, and signed an inter-governmental memorandum of understanding in this regard. We will make good use of the platform of the Joint Committee on China-Mongolia People-to-People Exchanges to actively carry out exchanges in such fields as culture, education, science and technology, and youth. The Chinese side permits the Mongolian side to set up a consulate general in Shanghai and a consulate in Manzhouli. Through the joint efforts of both sides, we will achieve the goal of 3 million trips between China and Mongolia per year at an early date.
Sixth, the two sides unanimously agreed to strengthen China-Mongolia-Russia cooperation, accelerate the construction of China-Mongolia-Russia economic corridor, and commit to the revitalization and development of the region. The Chinese side supports Mongolia's active participation in international and regional affairs and the two sides will jointly play a constructive role in maintaining peace and stability in Northeast Asia and the world at large.
Seventh, the two sides also unanimously agreed to stand on the side of international justice and the overall interests of developing countries, jointly maintain the process of multilateralism, and safeguard the global free trade system and international trade rules.