Diplomatic ties between Mongolia and China are set for a freeze.
Bloomberg reported on Saturday that, as anticipated, China has reacted negatively to Mongolia’s decision to allow a visit by the Dalai Lama, Tibet’s spiritual leader, to the country. The Dalai Lama wrapped up a four-day visit to Mongolia on Wednesday.
According to the report, China has postponed all bilateral interactions with Mongolia over the Dalai Lama’s visit. The immediate result of the Chinese decision is that upcoming talks on Chinese loans and infrastructure initiatives in the country will not go forward.
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“The meeting was intended for negotiations on soft loans and the projects on Tavan Tolgoi railroad, a copper plant and coal gasification project. Unfortunately, the Chinese side responded that this visit was unacceptable,’’ Munkh-Orgil Tsend, Mongolia’s foreign minister, told reporters, according to Bloomberg.
Mongolia was hoping to conclude a …
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