Chinese President Xi Jinping Thursday held talks with Mongolian President Khaltmaa Battulga at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

President Xi said the Chinese Government and People are making all-out efforts to fight the novel coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19), during which the Mongolian Government and people have offered precious support.

Hailing Battulga as the First Foreign Head of State to visit China since the outbreak, President Xi said the special visit by Battulga to express consolations and support to China fully embodies the high attention he pays to the China-Mongolia ties & the profound friendship between the two peoples.

This vividly shows that China and Mongolia, as neighbouring countries, can rely on each other in difficult times, said President Xi.

President Xi expressed his welcome as Battulga paid the visit only one day after Mongolia’s traditional Tsagaan Sar holiday, and sent festive greetings to the Mongolian people.

President Xi said that since the outbreak of COVID-19, the Communist Party of China (CPC) and the Chinese government have attached great importance to the epidemic, activated a national response mechanism and taken the most comprehensive, thorough and rigorous measures.

A leading group of the CPC Central Committee on the prevention and control of the COVID-19 was established immediately and a central government guiding team was sent to Hubei province, said President Xi.

After arduous work, the positive trend in the prevention and control work is now expanding, President Xi said, adding that the country has full confidence, the capability to win this battle against the epidemic.

China has coordinated the prevention and control work with the economic and social development, and tried its best to minimise the impact of the epidemic, he said.

According to President Xi, China has adopted a targeted approach in different regions to advance resumption of work and production based on local health risks, ensure timely agriculture work in spring and guarantee people’s basic livelihood.

Noting that China’s economy is resilient with broad domestic demand and a strong industrial basis, President Xi said China will strive to meet this year’s economic and social development targets.

Xi said that guided by the vision of a community with a shared future for humanity, China is making every effort not only to protect the life and health of its own people but also to contribute to global public health security.

With an open, transparent and responsible attitude, the Chinese government has actively stepped up international cooperation on fighting the outbreak, said President Xi, adding that China’s efforts have been highly affirmed and recognised by the World Health Organisation and the international community.

China will continue to work with countries including Mongolia to fight the epidemic and safeguard regional and global public health security, he said.

Noting that China and Mongolia are friendly neighbours linked by waters and mountains, Xi said China has attached high importance to the bilateral relations and always taken Mongolia as an important direction of China’s neighbourhood diplomacy.

China is committed to cementing political mutual trust with Mongolia and enhancing Belt & Road cooperation to benefit both peoples, he said.

Battulga expressed consolations to the Chinese people over the outbreak and spoke highly of China’s rapid establishment of a joint prevention and control mechanism and national people-oriented efforts to fight the epidemic.

Stressing that Mongolia and China are comprehensive strategic partners, Battulga said the Mongolian people completely relate to what the Chinese people are going through and would like to stand close together with the Chinese people in the difficult times.

Mongolia launched fund-raising activities to support China’s fight against the epidemic, and received active responses from all walks of life, he said, adding that Mongolia will send additional 30,000 sheep apart from the previous donations.

Battulga said he believes that the Chinese people will definitely win the battle against the epidemic at an early date and overcome the difficulties to realise the set goals of social and economic development under the strong leadership of President Xi.

Mongolia commends China’s pursuit of neighbourhood diplomacy featuring amity, sincerity, mutual benefit and inclusiveness, and stands ready to work with China to deepen mutual trust and support, enhance cooperation to promote greater development of bilateral relations, said Battulga.