At the invitation of President Xi Jinping, Mongolian President Uhna Khuzhilsukh will pay a state visit to China on November 27-28. The visit continued the friendly tradition of close high-level exchanges between China and Mongolia and reflected the high-level development of the China-Mongolia comprehensive strategic partnership. A few days ago, a reporter from the main station conducted an exclusive interview with Mongolian Ambassador to China Tubshin Badrö.
The most auspicious gift
At the critical moment of fighting the new crown epidemic, the diplomatic tale of "sheep to tea" between China and Mongolia has been widely circulated internationally.
Ambassador Badel: In 2020, Mongolia donated 30,000 sheep to China to show its support for the Chinese people fighting the epidemic. For the Mongolian people, sheep are the most auspicious gift. Subsequently, the people of Mongolia also quickly received tea leaves from Chinese people.
I'm proud to be someone who knows the ins and outs of the 30,000 sheep gift. At first, I listened to then-President Battulega talk about it, and then I carefully prepared it as an ambassador and witnessed the moment when the gift was delivered to the medical staff who worked on the frontline of the fight against the epidemic in Wuhan. This is the most precious love and gift of the Mongolian people. When the new crown epidemic in Mongolia was at its worst, the Chinese government and people also gave us firm support and donated medical equipment, anti-epidemic supplies and other materials. The past of Mongolia and China fighting the epidemic together cannot help but make people sigh, this is the true portrayal of "adversity sees true feelings". I remember that when handing over the gifts donated by Mongolia, the Chinese people expressed their gratitude. I would also like to express my heartfelt thanks to the Chinese people.
A good neighbor who Kim does not change
With about 4,700 kilometers of "longest land border", China and Mongolia are friendly neighbors linked by mountains and rivers. Since the establishment of diplomatic relations more than 70 years ago, China-Mongolia relations have developed rapidly, leaving a vivid footnote for China's peripheral foreign policy.
In August 2014, President Xi Jinping first put forward the "hitchhiking theory" in his speech in the Mongolian State Great Hural, saying that "everyone is welcome to ride the train of China's development, whether it is a fast train or a free ride, we are all welcome". The outside world generally believes that the "hitchhiking theory" conveys the concept of China's peripheral diplomatic neighbors in the new era.
Ambassador Badrö: There is a proverb in Mongolia, "Neighbors share a common heart and a common destiny", and China also has a saying, "Good neighbors, gold does not change". We believe that Mongolian-Chinese relations are in the best period in history. China is Mongolia's "good neighbor without changing gold". Developing close bilateral relations between Mongolia and China and strengthening cooperation is in the common interests of both sides. Mongolia is more than willing to ride China's fast-growing train.
Mongolia and China have strong complementarity of economic advantages, mutually beneficial and win-win economic and trade cooperation, and long-term stable development. In 2021, the trade volume between the two countries exceeded $10 billion for the first time. According to the consensus reached by the two sides, in the next step, Mongolia and China will further expand cooperation in trade, investment, minerals, energy, communications, digital economy and green development within the framework of the "Belt and Road".
China's initiative is to crack today's world
Important contributions on major issues
Ambassador Badeler: Today, the world is facing many challenges such as the spread of the new crown epidemic and the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, and the old problems have not been solved, and a new round of crises has swept the world. How to meet these unprecedented challenges?
Chinese President Xi Jinping proposed a global development initiative at the United Nations General Assembly in 2021 and a global security initiative at the 2022 annual meeting of the Boao Forum for Asia. I am confident that these two initiatives will make an important contribution to solving the major problems of today's world.
As a responsible major country, China has put equal emphasis on security and development, solemnly declared that it will not interfere in the internal affairs of other countries, especially the internal affairs of neighboring countries, respect the independence and sovereignty of each country, and respect the social system and development path chosen by each country. Mongolia supports the Global Development Initiative and the Global Security Initiative, and I personally welcome them.
Full confidence in China's development goals
Ambassador Badrör: The successful convening of the 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China has attracted great attention from all countries in the world. Over the past decade, the living standards of the Chinese people have been continuously improved, and China has achieved the goal of building a moderately prosperous society in an all-round way. As a Mongolian diplomat who has lived and worked in China for a long time, I know this very well.
The Mongolian National Assembly carefully studied and studied how China has achieved today's achievements, what kind of governance model it has adopted, and how it has formulated development plans. As Mongolia's ambassador to China, I have full confidence in the development goals and strategic arrangements put forward by the 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China.