Beijing—Chinese Premier Li Keqiang’s upcoming visit to Mongolia will encourage closer alignment of China’s Silk Road Economic Belt initiative with Mongolia’s Prairie Road program, according to a senior official from the Chinese Foreign Ministry.
Li’s visit to Mongolia from July 13 to 14 will be the first by a Chinese premier in six years, and the first by any Chinese leader since the recent formation of Mongolia’s new government.
Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs Kong Xuanyou told a press conference on Tuesday that the trip will strengthen bilateral relations and lead to more cooperation between the two neighbors.
Li will hold talks with Mongolian Prime Minister Jargaltulga Erdenebat and they will jointly meet the press, said Kong.
Li will also meet with Mongolian President Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj and Chairman of the State Great Hural (Mongolia’s parliament) Miyegombo Enkhbold.
Li and Erdenebat will exchange views on dovetailing the two countries’ economic corridor initiatives, and more cooperation in trade, industrial capacity, energy, finance, agriculture and animal husbandry.
The two sides will also discuss people-to-people exchanges and international and regional issues of common concern, said Kong.
A number of cooperative agreements will be signed during Li’s visit, which will inject new impetus into the development of bilateral ties and benefit people of the two nations, he added. Li will also attend the 11th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Summit in Mongolian capital Ulan Bator from July 15 to 16.
This year marks the 20th anniversary of ASEM since it was inaugurated in 1996 in Bangkok, Thailand. ASEM is now an intergovernmental forum with 53 members.
The Chinese premier will deliver keynote speeches during the summit to elaborate China’s proposition on ASEM’s future development, Asia-Europe cooperation, as well as major international and regional issues, Kong said.
During the summit, Li will also held bilateral meetings with leaders of some ASEM members, he added.
As a founding member of the ASEM, China has put forward 28 proposals on Asia-Europe cooperation in fields including infrastructure connectivity, technology innovation, environmental protection, trade and investment, and urbanization.The members should foster a sense of community, enhance communication and coordination on policies and actions, so as to build the ASEM into an effective framework for coping with global challenges, including climate change, terrorism, refugee problems and infectious disease, said Kong.