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China, Mongolia sign document on long-term partnership

Updated: Oct 25,2013 10:37 AM     Xinhua

Premier Li Keqiang (R, front) and visiting Mongolian Prime Minister Noroviin Altanhuyag (L, front) attend the signing ceremony of a document that outlines key areas of cooperation for the development of the two country's strategic partnership in the medium and long term, in Beijing, capital of China, Oct 25, 2013.[Photo by Yao Dawei/Xinhua]

BEIJING -- China and Mongolia on Oct 25 signed a document that outlines key areas of cooperation for the development of their strategic partnership in the medium and long term.

The document was signed by Premier Li Keqiang and visiting Mongolian Prime Minister Altankhuyag Norov at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing after an hour of talks.

The two sides agree that the establishment of the Sino-Mongolian strategic partnership is a milestone in the development of bilateral relations while the signing of the new document will promote bilateral cooperation in various areas for the consolidation and further deepening of this partnership.

The two countries agreed to cooperate on the economy, security, social and cultural matters and on trade, acknowledging the need to mind each other’s core interests and major concerns.

The two sides reiterated their respect for each other’s independence, sovereignty, territorial integrity and development path,

The Mongolian side reaffirmed that the government of the People’s Republic of China is the sole legitimate government representing entire China. It supports China’s positions on Taiwan, Tibet and Xinjiang. The Chinese side said that it supports Mongolia’s status as a nuclear-weapon-free zone.

The two nations agreed to carry out cooperation in military technology, fighting cross-border crimes and law enforcement.

The two sides determined principles in mineral resource development, infrastructure construction and financial cooperation.

Mutual investment will continue to enjoy protection, particularly in environmentally friendly projects and high-tech.

The outline elaborated on major projects in coal mining, railway construction and civil aviation, with legal and financial assistance to ensure progress.

The Chinese side also promised assistance to Mongolia to strengthen personnel training, and to provide 1,000 scholarships for Mongolians over the next five years.

The two countries agreed to strengthen communication and coordination on affairs regarding Northeast Asia’s peace, security and development.

They will also improve the the discussion mechanism between China, Mongolia and Russia and establish channels at the vice ministerial level among the three countries.