|Li Keqiang Meets with Mongolian Prime Minister Luvsannamsrai Oyun-Erdene via Video Link|
On the afternoon of October 12, 2021, Premier Li Keqiang met with Mongolian Prime Minister Luvsannamsrai Oyun-Erdene via video link at Ziguang Pavilion of Zhongnanhai leadership compound.
Li Keqiang said, China and Mongolia are close neighbors connected by shared mountains and rivers. The two countries maintain sound bilateral relations and advance pragmatic cooperation continuously. In July this year, President Xi Jinping had a phone conversation with President Ukhnaa Khurelsukh and reached an important consensus on deepening China-Mongolia relations. At present, both countries face tasks of handling the COVID-19 pandemic, developing economies and guaranteeing people's livelihoods. Enhancing cooperation between the two countries benefits not only China and Mongolia, but also the region.
Li Keqiang pointed out that China stands ready to strengthen cooperation with Mongolia to enhance the synergy of development strategies, explore cooperation in key areas, expand bilateral trade, and facilitate port clearance and increase port throughput under the premise of effective pandemic prevention and control. China hopes that the two countries will further implement cooperation in preventing and curbing desertification to jointly create a clean and beautiful environment. China will, as always, support Mongolia to develop its economy, improve its people's livelihoods and combat COVID-19 within its capacity.
Li Keqiang stressed that energy security is a matter that concerns national interests and people's livelihoods. Though possessing abundant coal resources, China still hopes to carry out diversified energy cooperation, and welcomes a larger volume of coal trading between the two countries to achieve win-win results. China encourages and supports the enterprises of the two countries to actively carry out cooperation in line with market principles and business rules, and ensure a smooth and secure energy supply chain with reasonable and stable prices in the long term.
Oyun-Erdene said, Mongolia and China have a shared future. Mongolia appreciates China's neighborhood diplomacy of amity, sincerity, mutual benefit and inclusiveness. He thanked China for providing COVID-19 vaccines to Mongolia and said the cooperation between the two countries in the fight against the pandemic has set a model for the international community. He hopes that the two sides will strengthen cooperation in the fields of minerals, infrastructure construction, and desertification prevention and control, increase frontier port throughput and promote the greater development of bilateral relations.