China offers Mongolia helping hand to fight sandstorm challenge

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South China Morning Post

By Wendy Wu and Guo Rui

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“Environmental problems know no borders, and China is ready to cooperate with Mongolia in environmental protection, desertification prevention and control to jointly address challenges,” Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said in a phone conversation on Wednesday with Mongolian Prime Minister Luvsannamsrai Oyun-Erdene, who took office in February.

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According to a government statement, Li said China was willing to maintain strategic communication with Mongolia and intensify cooperation on pandemic containment, while also calling for efforts to speed up the restoration of cargo volumes going through border ports and ensure progress of its major cooperative projects with Mongolia.

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Ma has worked to prevent desertification for 15 years. The NGO – whose name Qingsuo means “green saxaul”, a type of plant to counter desertification – is based in Minqin county, one of the main sources of dust storms in China.

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