|Wang Yi Speaks with Mongolian Foreign Minister Batmunkh Battsetseg on the Phone|
On February 24, 2021, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi had a phone conversation with new Mongolian Foreign Minister Batmunkh Battsetseg at the latter's request.
Wang Yi said that China attaches great importance to the good neighborly and friendly relations with Mongolia, and always puts this relationship at a special and significant place in China's neighborhood diplomacy. Relations between China and Mongolia have entered into a fast track in recent years with fruitful results of practical cooperation. This year is of historical importance to both China and Mongolia as people of each country will respectively celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Communist Party of China and the Mongolian People's Party. Both sides should jointly implement the important consensus reached by the leaders of the two countries, promoting greater development of the China-Mongolia comprehensive strategic partnership and bringing more benefits to both peoples.
Wang Yi said that in the face of the unexpected COVID-19 pandemic, governments and peoples of China and Mongolia have shared the weal and woe, and reached out to each other with assistance and support, lifting the bilateral ties to a new level. The touching story of Mongolia donating 30,000 sheep to China is widely known in both countries and the vaccines sent by China have arrived recently in Mongolia. He hopes the two sides can further strengthen anti-pandemic cooperation until the pandemic is completely defeated.
Wang Yi said that economic and trade cooperation is an important basis of China-Mongolia relations. The two sides need to speed up the synergy between China's Belt and Road Initiative and Mongolia's Development Road Initiative, expand the areas of cooperation and upgrade the level of cooperation so as to make up for the losses caused by the pandemic as soon as possible.
Batmunkh Battsetseg sincerely thanked China for its selfless help to her country in fighting the pandemic, saying that the two countries have maintained the development momentum of bilateral ties and continuously strengthened practical cooperation amid the pandemic, setting a good example of how countries support each other in response to adversities. The new Mongolian administration attaches great importance to developing the comprehensive strategic partnership with China, hoping to enhance political mutual trust, deepen Belt and Road cooperation and push for sustained and rapid development of the bilateral ties.