ubpost.mongolnews.mn August 15th, 2013
The 15th consular consultative meeting between China and Mongolia’s Foreign Affairs Ministries took place in Ulaanbaatar on August 8 and 9.
The friendly consultative meeting, co-chaired by Director of the Consular Department of the Mongolian Foreign Affairs Ministry Sh.Sukhbaatar and his Chinese counterpart Huan Ping, concluded with the implementation of contracts and agreements on their consular relations. The counterparts then exchanged views on the protection of legal rights of people and enterprises, on mutual visiting conditions, and strengthening of consular representations.
The Chinese side positively accepted the proposals from the Mongolian representatives on specific issues. For instance, both sides agreed with granting of visas to Mongolians who lost their passports in the Erlian border town by showing their returning documents, supporting the prolongation of the visa-free term for Mongolians traveling Hong Kong from two weeks to up to 30 days, and reviving the topic of having an extradition treaty between the two countries.
Moreover, the Mongolian side tackled a number of issues in the border checkpoints between the two countries such as the numerous customs prohibitions and taxes that China imposes on freight and transportation, as well as the restrictive entry conditions for citizens which should be eased. The Chinese side promised to study these matters in order to take the necessary measures in the near future.
Mongolia also thanked China for transferring 12 convicted Mongolians, who are serving their sentences in Chinese prisons, to our side; and expressed gratitude that China is paying attention to Mongolian prisoners and detainees in China by allowing their family members and Mongolian consular officials to meet them, letting these convicts use the phone, and handing them money and other stuff.
According to an unofficial source, a total of 54 Mongolian citizens are serving their jail sentences in nine cities in China and some 82 people have been detained in 11 cities under the suspicion of committing a crime as of July 2013.
The Mongolian delegation in the meeting consisted of representatives from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Labor, the Immigration Agency, the General Authority for Border Protection, the General Department of Police, the General Consulate of Mongolia in Hohhot, and the Consulate of Mongolia in Erlian.
The Mongolia-China consular consultative meeting was held for the 15th time. Aside from China, Mongolia holds annual consular consultative meetings with Russia, Kazakhstan, Turkey, and the Republic of Korea.