Chinese President Xi Jinping will pay a state visit to Mongolia from Aug. 21 to 22, 2014. In interviews with the People's Daily, people from different walks in Mongolia all think this will be a historic visit for both countries, and look forward to the progress this visit will bring to the relationship between China and Mongolia.
Gombosuren, former foreign minister of Mongolia, says 2014 is the 65th year since Mongolia established diplomatic relations with China. Both countries will have a lot of celebrations for this event. What's more, this year is also the 20th anniversary of the establishment of "China-Mongolia friendship and cooperation treaty". The bilateral relation now is in its best situation. With the visit of President Xi, there will be better and long-term strategies for the development of the relationship between the two countries. He believes that the neighborly relation will last much longer under deeper cooperation between Mongolia and China.
Butqimeg, a member of the Security and Foreign Policy Committee in Mongolia, tells the People's Daily that with China's fast development in economy, Mongolia as its neighbor has paid great attention to it and is eager to learn and to be benefited from China's development. In Mongolia, a lot of people are learning to speak Chinese so that they can understand China better. President Xi's visit, according to Butqimeg, will enhance mutual understanding between the two peoples, and promote the development of politics, economy, and security. With people from the two countries having more communication and understanding with each other, the bilateral relationship will become better as well. Benefited from China' prosperity, people of Mongolia will also live better lives.
Although the economy of Mongolia has been booming in the past several years, Butqimeg stresses, dependence on mining industries would not support the development in the long run. In the process of propelling other industrial developments, restructuring and upgrading economic structures, investments from China play a very important role.
People of different occupations in Mongolia are expecting the arrival of President Xi Jinping, Chimedtseye Menerel with the Sino-Mongolian Friendship Association tells the People's Daily, adding that being a neighbor of China, various industries in Mongolia will be benefited and developed after this visit. He hopes there can be more agreements signed between the two countries and more Chinese cultures introduced to Mongolia so that the friendship will be enhanced.
Xuruhuu, the director of International Studies Institute of the Mongolian Academy of Sciences, thinks the development of relation with China is one of the priorities of Mongolia's foreign policies, and of which economic and trade relations are the most important. The fast development of China is a very positive factor for Mongolia, and the cooperation between the two countries in infrastructure construction and mining industries are much anticipated.
The chairman of the Young Entrepreneurs'Association in Mongolia says that China is the No.1 trade partner of Mongolia. The visit of President Xi will definitely help a lot in the investments and trades between the two countries. He adds that he is expecting that more agreements can be signed in transportation, logistics, ports and customs. China has provided great convenience for Mongolia in international transportation service, and he hopes there will be more cooperation in economic areas in the future.
The article is edited and translated from 《加强互利合作 促进睦邻友好——蒙古国各界热切期盼习近平主席访问》， source: People's Daily, auothors: Yang Tao, Sun Guangyong.