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Hu Jintao Meets with Mongolian President Enkhbayar

Chinese President Hu Jintao met in the hotel where he stayed in Astana with his Mongolian counterpart Enkhbayar

On July 6, 2005, Hu Jintao met in the hotel where he stayed with Mongolian President Nambaryn Enkhbayar.

Hu first of all extended congratulations on Enkhbayar's election as the Mongolian President, noting that over the more than 50 years since the establishment of diplomatic ties between the two countries, the bilateral relations have been developing steadily and the mutually beneficial cooperation has scored great achievements. The bilateral economic and trade cooperation grows steadily, the cooperation in the areas of resources development and infrastructure construction has been launched and the exchanges and cooperation in other fields such as culture, education and health gets increasingly dynamic. Both countries communicate and collaborate with each other in the international and regional affairs.

Hu said that to develop the good-neighborly partnership with mutual trust with Mongolia is a strategic choice of China. China expects to work with Mongolia to constantly advance the bilateral exchanges and cooperation in various fields and always be Mongolia's good neighbor of peaceful coexistence, good friend of mutual trust and good partner of common development. So long as the two countries pursue the good-neighborly friendship, deepen the mutually beneficial cooperation and promote common development the China-Mongolia relations will remain energetic and dynamic.

Hu pointed out that China welcomes and supports Mongolia in participating in the activities and cooperation within the framework of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) and supports Mongolia in playing a more active role in the regional cooperation process.

Enkhbayar said that President Hu Jintao's visit to Mongolia in 2003 has strongly stimulated the progress of bilateral relations. He fully agreed with President Hu's proposals on building China-Mongolia relations. Mongolia and China enjoy a promising prospect of good-neighborly and friendly cooperation. The two countries can increase economic and trade exchanges, especially cooperation on large projects of railway and mining. The bilateral cooperation in such fields as education, science and technology and culture is very successful and Mongolia will encourage more youth to study in China.

Both leaders also exchanged opinions on the regional and international issues of common concern.

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