On 10 July, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi had a phone call with Mongolia's new Foreign Minister Nyamtseren Enkhtaivan.
Wang congratulated Foreign Minister Enkhtaivan on taking the new post. He said that China and Mongolia are neighbors connected by mountains and rivers. Pursuing lasting friendship and good neighborliness is the right strategic choice for both sides, and fully serves the fundamental interests of both peoples. Following Mongolia's recent parliamentary elections, leaders of the two countries exchanged letters and stressed the need to further advance the China-Mongolia comprehensive strategic partnership, adding fresh and strong impetus to bilateral relations. The Chinese side will work with the Mongolian side to fully implement the important consensus between the two leaders and strive for greater progress in building a China-Mongolia community with a shared future.
Wang said that since the onset of COVID-19, the two countries have fought the virus with solidarity and mutual support, and deepened their traditional friendship. China is prepared to work with Mongolia in the following areas: advancing cooperation against COVID-19 by providing additional medical supplies and sharing experience, and building a China-Mongolia health community; accelerating cooperation on economic reopening by fully leveraging and expanding fast-track arrangements to facilitate flows of goods and essential personnel; synergizing the Belt and Road Initiative with Mongolia's Development Road program, and advancing the China-Mongolia-Russia Economic Corridor and the central railway corridor program.
Wang reaffirmed China's readiness to work with Mongolia to continue extending strong mutual support on issues concerning each other's core interests, strengthen cooperation on regional and international affairs and further cement the political foundation of bilateral relations. China respects the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Mongolia and the development path chosen by the Mongolian people. China also appreciates Mongolia's strong support on matters related to Hong Kong, Taiwan, Tibet and Xinjiang.
Wang said that COVID-19 is a common enemy for humanity, yet some country has taken advantage of the virus to make false accusations against others, while evading its own responsibilities and international obligations. Such practices have challenged human conscience and undermined the common interests of all countries, developing countries in particular. Wang expressed confidence that Mongolia will, together with other countries, uphold an objective and impartial position, and support WHO's crucial role in COVID-19 response.
Enkhtaivan said that the new Mongolian government gives top priority to friendship with China on its diplomatic agenda, and such a policy will not change. In the fight against COVID-19, the Mongolian and Chinese peoples have stood together and rendered each other sincere support. The Mongolian side appreciates China's selfless assistance and stands ready to work with China to strengthen exchanges at the top and other levels, step up cooperation in economy, trade, energy and other fields, and pursue early progress in major cooperation projects to boost the economic recovery in the two countries. Noting China's increasingly important role in regional and international affairs, Enkhtaivan expressed Mongolia's readiness to strengthen coordination and cooperation with the Chinese side to further enrich the Mongolia-China comprehensive strategic partnership.