China to closely track Indian ministers’ visit to Mongolia, Japan

BEIJING: China will closely track India’s upcoming high-level engagements in its neighbouring countries Mongolia and Japan as New Delhi sends its senior ministers to bolster ties in the region.

While focus will be on the second round of India-Japan 2+2 talks involving Indian and Japanese foreign and defence ministers on September 8, defence minister Rajnath Singh’s two-day visit to Mongolia ahead of his Tokyo visit will be closely tracked by Beijing as well.

Singh has a day full of high-level interactions lined up on September 6, a day after reaching Mongolia, in Ulaanbaatar headlined by a one-on-one meeting with President Ukhnaagiin Khurelsukh who is also hosting a dinner in Singh’s honour that evening.

A primary talking point in the discussion agenda is likely to be the completion of Mongolia’s biggest oil refinery being built on a $1.2 billion line of credit from India.

The refinery is coming up in Mongolia’s Dornogobi province and is expected to meet 75 % of the country’s requirements once completed in 2025.