(Edited from Xinhua, Ulan Bator) Visiting Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and Mongolian President Tsakhia Elbegdorj vowed to boost bilateral ties and cooperation during a meeting here Wednesday.

Wen said China and Mongolia share a long borderline, which has become a bond of common interests and friendly cooperation.

(Edited from Xinhua, Ulan Bator) Visiting Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and Mongolian President Tsakhia Elbegdorj vowed to boost bilateral ties and cooperation during a meeting here Wednesday.

Wen said China and Mongolia share a long borderline, which has become a bond of common interests and friendly cooperation.

“A good bilateral relationship not only serves the fundamental interests of the two peoples, but also can contribute to peace, stability and common development in the region,” he said.

The Chinese premier said China takes a strategic and long-term perspective when developing relations with Mongolia, adding Mongolia is a priority in diplomacy toward its neighbors.

“I have reached many important agreements with Prime Minister Sukhbaataryn Batbold on keeping exchanges of top-level visits, expanding cooperation in areas such as natural resources, energy, infrastructure and agriculture, and promoting cultural exchanges,” Wen said.

He pledged China is willing to work with Mongolia to promote bilateral exchanges and cooperation in various fields and to bring the two peoples, especially the youths, closer to each other to ensure the steady development of the two countries’ good-neighborly partnership of mutual trust in the long run.

Elbegdorj said Mongolia and China are good neighbors and Mongolia is committed to strengthening the friendly relations of cooperation with China.

The economies of Mongolia and China, with different advantages, are highly complementary, he said, adding he hopes the two sides can expand pragmatic cooperation for mutual benefits.

Premier Wen also delivered a speech on Wednesday at the opening of the Sino-Mongolian Economic and Trade Cooperation Forum. In his speech, Wen also made proposals on further boosting bilateral economic and trade cooperation.

Wen arrived in Ulan Bator on Tuesday for a two-day official visit to Mongolia, which is the third leg of his four-nation Asian tour. He has visited South Korea and Japan and will also travel to Myanmar.

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