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Chinese president calls for closer exchanges with Mongolia

Editor: Zhang Jianfeng 丨Xinhua

10-18-2016 23:15 BJT

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BEIJING, Oct. 18 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday called for more concrete exchanges with Mongolia in terms of governance and interaction between the two ruling parties.

Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) meets with Miyegombo Enkhbold, chairman of the Mongolian People

Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) meets with Miyegombo Enkhbold, chairman of the Mongolian People's Party (MPP) and chairman of the State Great Hural, Mongolia's parliament, in Beijing, capital of China, Oct. 18, 2016. Enkhbold attended an annual dialogue between the Communist Party of China and various parties of the world, held in Chongqing Municipality in southwest China last week. (Xinhua/Rao Aimin)

Xi made the remarks while meeting with Miyegombo Enkhbold, chairman of the Mongolian People's Party (MPP) and chairman of the State Great Hural, Mongolia's parliament.

Hailing the sound momentum of China-Mongolia ties, Xi said both countries have placed great focus on each other when developing their respective foreign policies.

The Communist Party of China (CPC) and the Chinese government have pursued relations with Mongolia from a strategic standpoint and with a long-term perspective, he said, vowing to enhance coordination and cooperation with the country to boost bilateral all-round strategic partnership.

Xi urged the two sides to maintain high-level exchanges, deepen political party exchanges, properly handle sensitive issues and support each other on issues regarding respective core interests and major concerns.

Enkhbold, who is on his first China trip since taking office in July, spoke highly of the Belt and Road Initiative and China's friendly diplomacy toward its neighbors.

"[China has] provided guidance for deepening bilateral ties, maintaining regional peace and stability and boosting cooperation with countries along the Belt and Road," he said.

The Belt and Road Initiative, proposed by Xi in 2013, refers to the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road. It will be a trade and infrastructure network connecting Asia with Europe and Africa along the ancient trade routes.

Enkhbold said that the parties of Mongolia, though they may hold ideological differences, all agree to enhancing ties with China.

The MPP values its friendly ties with the CPC and expects closer exchanges, he added.

Enkhbold attended an annual dialogue between the CPC and various parties of the world, held in Chongqing Municipality in southwest China last week.

He said the dialogue was an important sharing platform for parties to discuss how to innovate global economic governance.

Later on Tuesday, top legislator Zhang Dejiang met with Enkhbold. Zhang pledged to further strengthen cooperation between China's National People's Congress and State Great Hural.

Enkhbold said Mongolia is ready to enhance parliamentary links with China.

Zhang Dejiang (R), chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People

Zhang Dejiang (R), chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC), meets with Miyegombo Enkhbold (L), chairman of the Mongolian People's Party (MPP) and chairman of the State Great Hural, Mongolia's parliament, at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, Oct. 18, 2016. Enkhbold attended an annual dialogue between the Communist Party of China and various parties of the world, held in Chongqing Municipality in southwest China last week. (Xinhua/Liu Weibing)

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