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Ulaanbaatar, Beijing discuss ties, cooperation in air pollution tackling
Central Asia | politics | 16:52, 18 June 2018 | 984

AKIPRESS.COM - Mayor of Ulaanbaatar city S.Barbold received delegates led by Mayor of Beijing Chen Jining, who arrived in Ulaanbaatar to participate in the Northeast Asian Mayors' Forum-2018, Montsame reported.

Batbold expressed his gratitude to the delegates for giving a high significance to the forum and friendly cooperation between the two countries.

“I took part in a delegation of Prime Minister’s visit to the People’s Republic of China last May. Within the framework of the official visit over 30 memorandums of cooperation between the governments, organizations and entities were signed. As a result of the visit, we hope that major infrastructure projects and wastewater treatment plant will be realized," said Mayor S.Batbold.

Mayor of Beijing Chen Jining in return expressed his gratitude for the warm welcome. He said “as the capital of the PRC, Beijing is rapidly developing and now has a population of 21 million. Therefore, we are also facing the metropolitan-area problems including air pollution and traffic congestion as well. China and Mongolia have long-term friendly neighbor relations and the relationship is becoming more and more active in recent years. We are ready to cooperate and implement projects and programs in the future. We are looking forward to intensify development of the two cities and mutually beneficial cooperation. 2019 marks the 5th anniversary of the establishment of the sister-city relationship between Ulaanbaatar and Beijing. It is important to make China’s Belt and Road Initiative and Mongolia’s Development Road program coherent."

The cities need to cooperate in the industrial and investment sectors, using their advantages. Specifically, there is a need for highly skilled and capable human resources in construction sector. Therefore, Mayor Chen Jining noted, they are planning to encourage their investors and developers to participate in the economic and social development of Ulaanbaatar in the future.

"Air pollution was an pressing issue due to high population and industrial policy of Beijing. It was significantly reduced due to renovation of vehicle gross emitters and removing the manufactories from the city. The public support is also important besides the government involvement. We will be happy to share this experience with you. In the future, we need to expand humanitarian cooperation between the cities.”

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