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China, Russia, Mongolia to create economic corridor
September 12, 2014, 5:21 am

Xi held talks with his Russian and Mongolian counterparts Vladimir Putin and Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj on 11 September 2014 in Dushanbe, Tajikistan [PPIO]

Chinese President Xi Jinping (left) held talks with his Russian and Mongolian counterparts Vladimir Putin and Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj on 11 September 2014 in Dushanbe, Tajikistan [PPIO]

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday proposed to construct an economic corridor linking China, Mongolia and Russia, during tripartite talks held between the leaders of the three countries in Dushanbe, the capital city of Tajikistan.

Xi held talks with his Russian and Mongolian counterparts Vladimir Putin and Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj on Thursday on the sidelines of the 14th summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).

Xi said the trilateral summit is of “great significance to deepening mutual trust among the three parties, and pushing forward regional cooperation in Northeast Asia”.

The Mongolian President had suggested the three countries meet in a trilateral format.

“Naturally, the geographic proximity of Mongolia, Russia and China help us implement beneficial long-term projects in infrastructure, energy and mining. We have things to discuss and we find it important, feasible and useful to establish a regular dialogue,” Putin said during Thursday’s meet.

The Chinese President on Thursday said the three neighbours can dovetail Beijing’s Silk Road Economic Belt initiative with Russia’s transcontinental rail plan and Mongolia’s Prairie Road program, to jointly build a China-Mongolia-Russia economic corridor.

This could turn Mongolia into a “transit corridor” linking the Chinese and Russian economies.

Mongolia has a geographical expanse bigger than Japan, France and Spain put together.

The three sides must also strengthen traffic interconnectivity, facilitate cargo clearance and transportation, and study the feasibility of building a transnational power grid, said Xi.

On Thursday, the three leaders also decided to establish a consultation mechanism at the vice foreign ministerial level to coordinate and promote trilateral cooperation.

Landlocked-Mongolia is of growing strategic interest to both Russia-China and the US. The Chinese President’s proposal of an economic corridor is also aimed at countering Washington’s increased interest in the region.

China is the biggest trade partner of Mongolia, although the US also has significant defence ties with the country.

Xi on Thursday suggested the three nations step up cooperation through their think tanks, media, aside from aligning for environmental protection, and disaster prevention and relief.

On international cooperation, Xi said the three countries need to “jointly safeguard the basic norms governing international relations, advocate the new security concept of mutual trust, mutual benefit, equality and collaboration, and jointly promote the political resolution of international disputes and hot issues”.

Xi and Putin both reiterated invitations to Mongolia to participate in the joint activities China and Russia plan to hold next year to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the victories of the World Anti-Fascist War and the Chinese People’s War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression.

The Mongolian President told Xi and Putin on Thursday that his country is keen on strengthening cooperation with the two allies within the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC).


TBP and Agencies

2 Responses to China, Russia, Mongolia to create economic corridor

  1. Eraldo Reply

    September 12, 2014 at 9:13 pm

    Let the truth be said!
    Ukraine started this war because they did not like the situation with Crimea! Now another war to deal with! Ukraine wants the bankrupted west to provoke conflict and it surely got what they wanted!
    Moscow can simply join up with the bank of China and do the oil works themselves! China can simply halt the exportation of every product to US and this should be the end of these schemes!
    US wants solely confrontation, friction and throwing a nations against the other while watching from afar! The situation with Vietnam is a prime example! The Soviet type KILO subs must be delivered and US is “throwing logs on the fire” by stimulating confrontation while using encouraging words from the defeated Vietnam war back on the 60’s. “Truly the masters of guerrilla warfare”! US has not learned yet! Whatsoever we hear on TV, radio and net simply records death and destruction.
    For many years I do not hear US speaking of industry and infra-structure from the government but schemes, dialogs mostly related with war and destruction! After awhile, US becomes simply idiot! Change the “disk”, change the “dance” or get back to basics!
    US has taught industry for many years but lately is only war, war and more war!
    Bankrupted pitiful nation lost in their own schemes!
    The glorification of war, sex and money has its days counted!
    China holds 57% of the world’s market!
    Now comes the NATO schemes, US wants the control of this department for their war schemes and it simply won’t work! They are dealing with cultures and not military only…
    The journalists deaths were brutal, but lets be frank, those gentlemen were VERY MUCH AWARE OF THE DANGERS OF COMBAT REPORTING AND THEY SIGNED DOCUMENTS OF WAVER FROM THEIR EMPLOYERS PRIOR OF ENGAGING THEMSELVES IN SUCH PERILOUS ENVIRONMENT! Now Obama found the way of going after a huge problem by sentimentalizing himself with such popular deaths amongst the mid eastern people! Obama lacks sound thinking and truly he acts as a person not from USA! He is not American! Plus what then regarding so many soldiers that gave their lives and many of them got shot in the head and far more gruesome than beheading! Obama is no leader but schemer of situations acting not soundly! These wars he engaged himself with in so many fronts at the same time wilt be the despising remembrance of what USA used to be!

  2. Eraldo Reply

    September 12, 2014 at 9:22 pm

    My previous remark was the core of the paragraph#11 Landlocked Mongolia… “and Washington’s increased interest in the region”.
    The only interest of US is death and destruction! Their foreign policies are truly weak and it does not promote organization and work but anarchy and self glorification!

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