President Xi Jinping Held Talks with Mongolian President Khaltmaa Battulga

President Xi Jinping had talks with Mongolian President Khaltmaa Battulga at the Great Hall of the People on 27 February.

President Xi welcomed President Battulga to China only one day after Mongolia's traditional Tsagaan Sar holiday and extended festive greetings to the Mongolian people. He said that as the Chinese government and people are making all-out efforts to fight the COVID-19 epidemic, we have received valuable support and assistance from the Mongolian government and people. President Battulga is the first head of state to visit China after the outbreak. This special visit, which is a show of solidarity and support, speaks volumes of the high importance the President and the Mongolian side attach to relations with China and of the profound goodwill toward the Chinese people. The kind gesture fully demonstrates the spirit of mutual assistance in difficult times shared between China and Mongolia as neighbors and I appreciate that.

Xi stressed that since the outbreak, the Chinese Communist Party and government have given top priority to epidemic control. On the basis of nation-wide mobilization, we adopted the most comprehensive, thorough and rigorous measures in no time. We set up a central leading group on outbreak response and sent a central command group to Hubei to make sure that the instructions, orders and resource allocation are coordinated at the national level and fully delivered on the ground. Thanks to the united, extraordinary efforts of the Chinese people, the positive momentum achieved in epidemic control is expanding. We have full confidence, capacity and determination to triumph over the epidemic.

Xi pointed out that China has all along been coordinating efforts to fight the outbreak on the one hand and ensure economic and social development on the other to minimize the impact of the epidemic. In light of the epidemic risk and control dynamics of different regions, we have adopted a targeted, categorized and region-specific approach in resuming work and production. Efforts have also been made to step up agricultural production in a timely way and meet people's basic needs. With a highly resilient economy, vast domestic demand and a solid industrial foundation, we will strive to achieve the targets of economic and social development set for this year, particularly the key tasks of securing a decisive victory in building a moderately prosperous society in all respects and in poverty reduction.

Xi stressed that guided by the vision of a community with a shared future for mankind, China is working with a sense of responsibility both for the life and health of its own people and for global public health. With an open, transparent and responsible attitude, we have actively engaged in international cooperation against the outbreak, and our efforts have been highly recognized by the World Health Organization and the international community. China will continue to strengthen cooperation with Mongolia and other countries to effectively contain the epidemic and safeguard regional and global public health security.

President Battulga conveyed the sympathies of the government and people of Mongolia to the Chinese people over the outbreak, and expressed high admiration and appreciation for China's people-centered approach to epidemic control, the quick speed in setting up the inter-agency taskforce, the nation-wide efforts to fight the epidemic and the positive results achieved.

Noting the comprehensive strategic partnership between Mongolia and China, President Battulga said the Mongolian people keenly feel the suffering of the Chinese people and are standing side by side with the Chinese people in this trying moment. To support China's epidemic control endeavors, Mongolia has launched a fund-raising event themed "permanent neighbors, strong solidarity", which has already received active responses across the country. Mongolia will also step up its donation to China with a gift of 30,000 sheep as a gesture of goodwill from the Mongolian people.

President Battulga expressed his confidence that under the strong leadership of President Xi, the Chinese people will contain the outbreak at an early date, overcome all difficulties, and achieve the set targets of social and economic development for the prosperity of the country and well-being of the people. Mongolia commends China's commitment to amity, sincerity, mutual benefit and inclusiveness with neighboring countries, and stands ready to work with China to deepen political mutual trust and mutual support, enhance cooperation across sectors and push for greater progress in bilateral relations.

After the meeting, President Battulga presented to President Xi a parchment as certificate for the donation of 30,000 sheep.