Interview: Chinese ambassador says relations between China, Mongolia solid
ULAN BATOR, July 9 (Xinhua) -- The relations between China and Mongolia are forging ahead, driven by political mutual trust, economic and trade cooperation and people-to-people exchanges, Chinese Ambassador to Mongolia Xing Haiming has said recently.
As the two countries established a comprehensive strategic partnership in 2014, high-level exchanges between the two countries have been frequent, and political mutual trust has grown, said the ambassador.
Communication has been enhanced through these exchanges. In particular, Mongolia's emphasis on respecting China's core interests and major concerns further consolidated political mutual trust between the two sides and laid a solid foundation for the long-term, healthy and stable development of China-Mongolia relations, he said.
According to the ambassador, the two countries are speeding up a joint feasibility study for a free trade agreement. Last month, the two sides formally signed an intergovernmental agreement on the construction of Erenhot-Zamin Uud Economic Cooperation Zone.
The economic cooperation zone will bolster the complementary advantages of the two countries, he said.
Mongolia has been actively participating in the joint construction of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), and the two countries are pushing forward the alignment of Mongolia's Development Road program and the BRI, Xing said.
China has been Mongolia's largest trading partner and most important source of investment and aid over the years. The smooth running of intergovernmental joint committees on the economy, trade, science and technology, and mineral energy have increased the scale and quality of bilateral cooperation, Xing added.
As to cultural and people-to-people exchanges, Xing said the smoothly operated joint committee on China-Mongolia people-to-people exchanges has become an important platform for enhancing understanding and friendship between the two sides.
Many dubbed Chinese movies and TV dramas have been introduced into Mongolia and are deeply loved by the Mongolian people, the ambassador said, noting that Chinese literary works introduced into Mongolia are also important carriers for Chinese culture.
Chinese Culture Center of Ulan Bator and the Confucius Institute are running smoothly in Mongolia, Xing said, adding that more and more schools have set up Chinese language centers, and a rising number of Mongolian teenagers are becoming interested in learning Chinese and learning about China.
This year marks the 70th anniversary of the establishment of China-Mongolia diplomatic relations, the 25th anniversary of the revision of the Treaty on Friendship and Cooperation between China and Mongolia, and the 5th anniversary of the establishment of a comprehensive strategic partnership.
Considering this special year, China-Mongolia relations will embrace a broader world, a brighter prospect and a better future, the diplomat said.