A visiting senior official of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and leaders of Mongolian political parties met here on Thursday, agreeing to continue developing the good-neighborly relations between China and Mongolia.
Calling Mongolia an important neighbor of China in the north, Zhou Yongkang said during a meeting with Norovyn Altankhuyag, chairman of the Mongolian Democratic Party (DP) and the first deputy prime minister of Mongolia,that the two countries have witnessed frequent high-level exchanges, enhanced political mutual trust, and prominent achievements of economic and trade cooperation.
Zhou also said the countries have witnessed rapidly growing bilateral trade in recent years.
Zhou, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and Secretary of the Commission for Political and Legal Affairs of the CPC Central Committee, also said "since the establishment of China-Mongolia strategic partnership, the friendship of the two countries has entered a new era."
As a member of Mongolia's ruling coalition, Zhou said, the DP has devoted itself to developing the economy, improving people's livelihood and making social progress. He said those efforts have made contributions not only to Mongolia but also to the consolidation and development of China-Mongolia good-neighborly relations.
Altankhuyag said Mongolia and China share a long border and the economies of the two countries are highly complementary to each other.
It was a right decision to elevate the bilateral ties to a strategic partnership, Altankhuyag said, adding that the DP will expand communications with the CPC, learn better governance from each other, boost the two countries' economic and trade cooperation, and make efforts to deepen the traditional friendship between the two peoples.
Zhou, when meeting with S. Oyun, chairman of the Mongolian Citizen Will Party, and Ts. Tsolmon, the Mongolian National New Party chief, praised the positive role played by the two parties in enhancing the China-Mongolia relations, and their stance to firmly support the Chinese government on issues related to China's core interests.
Zhou said China would like to join hands with Mongolia to carry forward the cooperative projects so as to benefit more people of the two countries and lay a solid economic and social foundation for the China-Mongolia strategic partnership.
Oyun said the Citizen Will Party would like to strengthen cooperation with China in environmental protection and other fields. Tsolmon said the large-scale projects, which will be carried out by Mongolia and China, are of great significance to Mongolia's economic development.
The National New Party would like to play a positive role in enhancing cooperation between the two countries.
Mongolia was the last leg of Zhou's five-nation Asia tour, which also took him to Nepal, Laos, Cambodia and Tajikistan. Zhou wrapped up his official goodwill visit to Mongolia on Friday.