The governments of China and Mongolia will work to build three more cross-border rail lines, in an effort to expand Mongolia's exports of mineral products and cross-border cargo transport, Mongolian media reported.
The two countries will add rail lines at Gashuunsukhait/Ganqimaodu, Shiveekhuren/Ceke and Zhuengadabuqi/ Bichigt border crossings, the Mongolian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on its website on September 15.
The announcement signals preliminary consensus reached between the two governments during Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi's visit to the neighboring Mongolia over September 15-16.
The two countries already have a rail line connected at the Zamynuud /Erlianhot border crossing, which started operation on June 12, 1991.
Gashuunskhait/Ganqimaodu is the largest border crossing for Mongolian coal bound for China. As much as 1,000 trucks loaded with Mongolian coking coal pass through the border checkpoint each day.
The Mongolian government is working on a 267-km railway from its largest coalfield Tavan Tolgoi to the border crossing. The railway is set to be commissioned in July 2022.
Mongolia's coal exports to China have recovered to pre-epidemic level, following the opening of "green gateway" between Mongolia-China borders since August 12.
Over January-August, Mongolia exported a total 15.17 million tonnes of coal, earning $1.16 billion, according to data from the Mongolian Customs General Administration.
The country exported 3.97 million tonnes of coal in August, growing 55% from July, sxcoal.com calculated based on the customs data.
(Writing by Alex Guo Editing by Harry Huo)
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