China, Mongolia forge strategic partnership, vow to enhance economic ties

08:42, June 17, 2011      

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Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao (R) shakes hands with his Mongolian counterpart Sukhbaataryn Batbold at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, June 16, 2011. (Xinhua/Liu Jiansheng)

China and Mongolia on Thursday agreed to upgrade bilateral ties to a strategic partnership level and bolster economic cooperation.

"It's a milestone to establish such a partnership," Premier Wen Jiabao told his Mongolian counterpart Sukhbaatar Batbold during a 75-minute talk following a red-carpet welcoming ceremony.

Wen and Batbold inked a joint statement on the partnership and witnessed the signing of another eight judicial and economic agreements after their talks at the Great Hall of the People.

"Our decision to upgrade bilateral ties to strategic partnership indicates our firm will to enhance friendship from generation to generation and to achieve common development," Wen said.

Batbold, who is on his first official visit to China since taking office in 2009, said such a move conforms with the common interests of the two states.
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Source: Xinhua
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