Trade and economics dominate Premier Li's trip to Mongolia
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Premier Li Keqiang's visit to Mongolia tomorrow 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 Foreign Ministry.
Li's visit to Mongolia from tomorrow to Thursday 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 said on Monday 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.-Xinhua