1 MEMORANDUM SIGNED TO SEND SKILLED WORKERS TO JAPAN WWW.MONTSAME.MN PUBLISHED:2019/04/22      2 ‘ALL COUNTRIES WELCOME TO JOIN, BUT DON’T OBSTRUCT’ – CHINA’S TOP DIPLOMAT ON BELT AND ROAD PROJECT WWW.RT.COM PUBLISHED:2019/04/22      3 UKRAINE ELECTION: COMEDIAN ZELENSKY WINS PRESIDENCY BY LANDSLIDE WWW.BBC.COM PUBLISHED:2019/04/22      4 POLITBAROMETER #18(52), MARCH-APRIL 2019 WWW.SANTMARAL.ORG PUBLISHED:2019/04/22      5 MONGOLIA TO URGE N.KOREA TO CONTINUE TALKS WWW.NHK.OR.JP PUBLISHED:2019/04/22      6 THIRD ANNUAL JOB FAIR FOR CHINESE-SPEAKING TALENTS HELD IN MONGOLIA WWW.XINHUANET.COM PUBLISHED:2019/04/22      7 MONGOLIA AND DPRK HOLDS CONSULTATIVE MEETING BETWEEN THE MINISTRIES OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS WWW.MONTSAME.MN PUBLISHED:2019/04/22      8 “AWESOME” MONGOLIAN METAL IN US BILLBOARD’S CHARTS WWW.NEWS.MN PUBLISHED:2019/04/22      9 MONGOLIA TO EXPORT CASHMERE PRODUCTS TO US DUTY-FREE WWW.NEWS.MN PUBLISHED:2019/04/19      10 JAPAN’S MITSUBISHI TO JOIN GLOBAL AIRLINER CHALLENGE TO BOEING AND AIRBUS WWW.RT.COM PUBLISHED:2019/04/19      "МОНОС ХҮНС" КОМПАНИЙН АНХДАГЧ ЗАХ ЗЭЭЛИЙН АРИЛЖАА ЭХЭЛЛЭЭ WWW.BLOOMBERGTV.MN  НИЙТЭЛСЭН:2019/04/22     ЭДИЙН ЗАСГИЙН БОДЛОГЫН ЧУУЛГАН 2019: САНХҮҮГИЙН САЛБАРЫН ДАРХЛААГ БЭХЖҮҮЛЭХ АСУУДЛААР ХЭЛЭЛЦЭВ WWW.BLOOMBERGTV.MN  НИЙТЭЛСЭН:2019/04/22     ЭРДЭНЭС ТАВАНТОЛГОЙН IPO-Г ОЛОН УЛСЫН ХӨРӨНГИЙН ЗАХ ЗЭЭЛД ГАРГАХ ТАЛААР МЭДЭЭЛЭЛ ӨГӨВ WWW.MONTSAME.MN НИЙТЭЛСЭН:2019/04/22     НҮҮРСНИЙ ОРЛОГО НЬ ӨСЧЭЭ WWW.NEWS.MN  НИЙТЭЛСЭН:2019/04/22     ХЭВЛЭЛИЙН ЭРХ ЧӨЛӨӨНИЙ ИНДЕКСЭЭР МОНГОЛ УЛС НЭГ БАЙРААР УРАГШИЛЖЭЭ WWW.EAGLE.MN  НИЙТЭЛСЭН:2019/04/22     УУХҮЯ: ГАЗРЫН ТОСНЫ ҮЙЛДВЭРИЙН ДЭД БҮТЦИЙН АЖИЛ АХИЦТАЙ БАЙНА WWW.BLOOMBERGTV.MN  НИЙТЭЛСЭН:2019/04/22     ШИНЭ ЭРИНИЙ ЖУУЛЧЛАЛ МОНГОЛ МАЛЧНЫГ ХҮЛЭЭЖ БАЙНА WWW.ZGM.MN  НИЙТЭЛСЭН:2019/04/22     МОНГОЛООС ШИНЭ ТӨРЛИЙН ҮЛЭГ ГҮРВЭЛ ОЛДЛОО WWW.EAGLE.MN НИЙТЭЛСЭН:2019/04/22     2019 ОНЫ I УЛИРАЛД МОНГОЛД ИРСЭН ЖУУЛЧДЫН ТОО ӨМНӨХ ОНООС 6.9 ХУВИАР ӨСЖЭЭ WWW.BLOOMBERGTV.MN  НИЙТЭЛСЭН:2019/04/19     ЭХНИЙ УЛИРЛЫН БАЙДЛААР 7.8 САЯ ТОНН НҮҮРС ЭКСПОРТОЛЖЭЭ WWW.EAGLE.MN НИЙТЭЛСЭН:2019/04/19    

Events

Name organizer Where
56TH ANNUAL ACADEMY OF AMERICAN AND INTERNATIONAL LAW The Academy of American and International Law Plano Texas USA
International Foundations of Directorship Program www.austchammongolia.com AustCham Mongolia and Australian Institute of Company Director (AICD) Shangri La Hotel: Ulaanbaatar Mongolia
SYMPOSIUM ON GLOBAL MARKETS Nationalism and Protectionism: The United States in the International Arena June 17-18, 2019 The Center for American and International Law Plano, Texas, USA The Center for American and International Law (CAILAW) Plano Texas June 17-18 2019

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Memorandum signed to send skilled workers to Japan www.montsame.mn

Ulaanbaatar/MONTSAME/. MP and Minister of Labor and Social Protection S. Chinzorig is paying a working visit to Japan.

On April 17, a Memorandum of Cooperation on a Basic Framework for Proper Operation of the System pertaining to Foreign Human Resources with the Status of Residence ‘Specified Skilled Worker’ was signed in Tokyo between the National Police Agency, the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare of Japan and the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of Mongolia

Before signing the Memorandum, Minister S.Chinzorig held a meeting with Japan’s Minister of Justice Takashi Yamashita, exchanging views on friendly bilateral cooperation.

Mongolia is among nine countries from where Japan will receive labor force according to Japan’s revised law on immigration control which comes into effect from April, 2019. It opens a great opportunity for Mongolian youth to work and learn technical and technological advancements of the world’s highly developed country, highlighted the Minister S.Chinzorig.

He added that most importantly, an establishment of this Memorandum will create a possibility that Mongolians can work in the same conditions and earn same wages as Japanese workers in Japan under the labor contract besides its helpfulness to ensure employment rights of Mongolians and resolve any of their matters concerning residence in Japan.

They also discussed about renewed Memorandum of Cooperation on the Technical Intern Training Program, signed by two countries in 2017. Accordingly, there are 76 organizations, accredited by the Ministry of Labor and Social Protection of Mongolia, working in charge of dispatching interns to Japan.

Regarding the newly established Memorandum of Cooperation on a Basic Framework for Proper Operation of the System pertaining to Foreign Human Resources with the Status of Residence of ‘Specified Skilled Worker’, the General Agency for Labor and Welfare Services of Mongolia will be in charge of its implementation. It will be effective to build mechanisms to exchange information and consult between relevant public organizations and eliminate illicit intermediations.

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‘All countries welcome to join, but don’t obstruct’ – China’s top diplomat on Belt and Road project www.rt.com

Beijing has rejected “debt trap” criticisms of its massive Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), calling for skeptics not to impede other countries from participating in the global trade infrastructure project.
While 126 countries and 29 international organizations have signed cooperation agreements with China on the initiative, it is open to other players, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told reporters on Friday.

“All countries have the freedom to participate, but they don’t have the right to prevent other countries from taking part,” Wang said. “We hope that more countries, including the United States, can actively participate in the ‘Belt and Road Initiative.’”

The second Belt and Road forum in Beijing is set to run from April 25 to 27, attracting nearly 40 foreign leaders and hundreds of representatives from 150 countries. The list of high-level guests includes Russian President Vladimir Putin, Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban and Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan among others.

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Meanwhile, the United States, a staunch critic of the project, has shrugged off the meeting, and its State Department said it will not send a high-level delegation to this year’s forum.

Speaking at a news conference, China’s top diplomat addressed some of the concerns voiced by BRI opponents, and rejected allegations that the program is forcing states into debt. He stated that the project is a platform for cooperation, but not a “geopolitical tool,” urging skeptics to base their evaluation of it on facts.

The initiative has already received international support, including from the World Bank and the UN, according to Wang. Trade turnover between China and the BRI participants has exceeded $6 trillion, while the project has created 300,000 jobs in the countries.

Beijing’s multi-billion-dollar plan has recently expanded further into Europe, as Switzerland became the latest country preparing to sign a deal under the new Silk Road project. It came shortly after Italy officially joined the initiative, while other EU states, Greece, Luxembourg and Portugal, have their own a memoranda of understanding with China on the BRI.

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Ukraine election: Comedian Zelensky wins presidency by landslide www.bbc.com

Ukrainian comedian Volodymyr Zelensky has won a landslide victory in the country's presidential election, exit polls suggest.

The polls give the political newcomer, who dominated the first round of voting three weeks ago, more than 70% support.

Mr Zelensky, 41, challenged incumbent president Petro Poroshenko who has admitted defeat.

The apparent result is being seen as a huge blow to Mr Poroshenko and a rejection of Ukraine's establishment.

"I will never let you down," Mr Zelensky told celebrating supporters on Sunday.

"I'm not yet officially the president," he added. "But as a citizen of Ukraine I can say to all countries in the post-Soviet Union: Look at us. Anything is possible!"

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If polls are correct, he will be elected for a five-year term. Official results are expected to come in throughout Sunday night.

Mr Zelensky is best known for starring in a satirical television series in which his character accidentally becomes Ukrainian president.

The president holds significant powers over the security, defence and foreign policy of the country.

Ukraine's choice was between an experienced politician with five years as president on his CV and a comedian wielding little more than a blank sheet of paper. That so many people have opted for Volodymyr Zelensky is a humiliation for Petro Poroshenko.

Thirty-seven candidates were removed from the ballot paper from the first round and yet the president only picked up about 9% more votes this time. Mr Zelensky gained almost 45%.

This feels like a massive protest vote and for now Mr Zelensky and his campaign team are celebrating.

It's hard to see the feeling lasting long. The hard work will come when they have to start fleshing out what are at the moment vague policies.

It's one thing to have bold ideas but quite another to implement them.

Polls gave Mr Poroshenko, who has been in power since 2014, 25% of the vote.

"The outcome of the election leaves us with uncertainty [and] unpredictability," he said after exit polls were released.

He added: "I will leave office but I want to firmly stress - I will not quit politics."

The billionaire was elected after an uprising overthrew the country's previous pro-Russian government.

Russian forces annexed Ukraine's Crimea peninsula in March 2014 - a move condemned internationally. Since then, Ukrainian forces have been fighting Russian-backed separatists and volunteers in the east.

In a tweet, Mr Poroshenko said "a new inexperienced Ukrainian president... could be quickly returned to Russia's orbit of influence".

But Russia's foreign ministry said Ukrainian voters had expressed their desire for political change.

"The new leadership now must understand and realise the hopes of its electors," deputy foreign minister Grigory Karasin told the Ria Novosti news agency. "This of course applies to domestic as well as foreign affairs."

Meanwhile, Mr Zelensky told a news conference he would "reboot" peace talks with the separatists.

"We will... continue with the Minsk talks - we will reboot them," he said.

"I think that we will have personnel changes. In any case we will continue in the direction of the Minsk talks and head towards concluding a ceasefire."

Who is Volodymyr Zelensky?
Mr Zelensky starred in the long-running satirical drama Servant of the People in which his character accidentally becomes Ukraine's president.

He plays a teacher who is elected after his expletive-laden rant about corruption goes viral on social media.

He ran under a political party with the same name as his show.
With no previous political experience, Mr Zelensky's campaign focused on his difference to the other candidates rather than on any concrete policy ideas.

Despite this, he won the first round with more than 30% of the vote - almost double what Mr Poroshenko got when he finished in second place with 15.95%.

What do voters think of him?
Analysts believe Mr Zelensky's informal style and vow to clean up Ukrainian politics resonated with voters who are disillusioned with the country's path under Mr Poroshenko.

Eschewing traditional campaign tactics, Mr Zelensky channelled his on-screen persona by promising to stamp out corruption and loosen the grip of oligarchs on Ukraine.

Experts say his supporters, frustrated with establishment politicians and cronyism, have been energised by his charisma and anti-corruption message.

His critics, meanwhile, are sceptical about his credentials, with many expressing concern over his close links to the billionaire oligarch Ihor Kolomoyskyi.

They have expressed doubts that he will be able to take on the country's influential oligarchs and stand up to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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Politbarometer #18(52), March-April 2019 www.santmaral.org

The “Sant Maral” foundation presents the results of the survey, conducted from March 20 to April 9, 2019. The representative sample of 1200 respondents was collected in the capital Ulan Bator and Arkhangay, Bulgan, Gobi-Altay, Dornogobi, Dornod, Zavkhan, Selenge aymags (split proportionally by 4 regional divisions and Ulan Bator). In the data below, tabulations are sorted by “capital,” “countryside,” and “nationwide” when relevant.

This survey was sponsored by the Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation of Germany.

Please see the full report on http://www.santmaral.org/…/politbarometer-1852-march-april-…

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Mongolia to urge N.Korea to continue talks www.nhk.or.jp

The foreign minister of Mongolia, which has longstanding ties with North Korea, says he will urge the country to hold talks with the United States and Japan and to refrain from further provocative acts.

Damdin Tsogtbaatar, who is on a trip to the US, spoke to NHK over the phone on Saturday.

He stressed Ulan Bator 's friendly ties with Pyongyang and revealed that a Mongolian delegation is visiting North Korea to celebrate the 70th anniversary of diplomatic ties.

Asked about the second US-North Korea summit which broke down in Hanoi, he said it was part of an ongoing process and urged observers not be disappointed. He added that Mongolia will continue to offer support and help set the stage for dialogue.

Tsogtbaatar also expressed concern over recent reports in North Korea's state media claiming the country has tested what it calls a "new type of tactical guided weapon." He described it as a provocative act that would have a negative impact on the current situation.

On the issue of Japanese nationals abducted by the North, Tsogtbaatar said his country has supported dialogue between Japan and North Korea and will continue its cooperation.

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Third annual job fair for Chinese-speaking talents held in Mongolia www.xinhuanet.com

ULAN BATOR, April 21 (Xinhua) -- The third edition of annual job fair for Mongolian students who can speak Chinese was held here on Sunday.

The day-long job fair was co-organized by the Confucius Institute Headquarters and the Confucius Institute at National University of Mongolia, in partnership with the China-Mongolia Cultural and Education Foundation and the Chinese Cultural Center in Ulan Bator, with the aim to offer employment opportunities for Chinese-speaking job seekers in Mongolia.

"China and Mongolia are friendly neighbors connected by mountains and rivers. This year marks the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between our two countries," Li Wei, cultural counselor of the Chinese Embassy in Mongolia, said at the event.

She expressed confidence that the event will help Mongolian youth who are fluent in Chinese find suitable jobs.

For his part, Gombo Bumtsend, deputy director of Neighboring Countries Department at the Mongolian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, noted that in recent years, relations and cooperation between Mongolia and China have been rapidly expanding in a wide range of areas such as trade and economic sectors.

"The job fair is an important event to promote employment for Mongolian students and youth," he added.

Around 30 Chinese companies operating in Mongolia, including Bank of China Ulan Bator Representative Office and Air China Mongolia attended the event and introduced their job vacancies.

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Mongolia and DPRK holds consultative meeting between the Ministries of Foreign Affairs www.montsame.mn

Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs D.Davaasuren paid visit to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) on April 18-19, 2019.

State Secretary D.Davaasuren paid courtesy call on Vice Chairman of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK), Politburo member, Director of the International Department of the WPC, State Affairs Commission member, Chairman of the Supreme People's Assembly Ri Su Yong and Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho respectively. He also met with the Deputy Foreign Minister of DPRK Ri Gil Song and held consultative meeting between the Ministries of Foreign Affairs.

During the official talks, the parties emphasized that the countries have successfully overcame the challenges and maintained the traditional friendly relations thanks to sincere aspiration and friendship of the people of the two countries. The sides also exchanged views on regional issues and expansion of bilateral relations and cooperation.

Mongolia expressed its willingness to further develop existing traditional friendly relations with the DPRK and the strong commitment to addressing the issue of denuclearization of the Korean peninsula in a peaceful way. State Secretary D.Davaasuren also invited Korean delegation to participate in the Sixth International Conference on Ulaanbaatar Dialogue on Northeast Asian Security to be held in June, 2019.

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“Awesome” Mongolian metal in US Billboard’s charts www.news.mn

Mongolian metal music reaches Billboard’s charts, as The Hu’s “Wolf Totem” and “Yuve Yuve Yu” debut on multiple tallies dated April 20.

Thanks to that post, “Wolf Totem” bows at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hard Rock Digital Song Sales chart, up 1,056% to 6,000 downloads sold in the week ending April 11, according to Nielsen Music. The Hu is the first act since Bad Wolves in February 2018 to top Hard Rock Digital Song Sales with its first charting song.

Additionally, “Yuve Yuve Yu,” debuts at No. 7 on Hard Rock Digital Song Sales (3,000 sold, up 929%). Also drawing 272,000 U.S. streams, “Wolf Totem” debuts at No. 22 on the streaming-, airplay- and sales-based Hot Rock Songs chart.

Formed in 2016, the four-piece from Mongolia’s capital city of Ulaanbaatar released the pair of songs last fall. The Hu incorporates traditional Mongolian instrumentation and throat singing into its music, resulting in material that’s often hard-hitting, though sans the sounds that most heavy metal acts might utilize, namely electric guitar.

After some initial buzz and media coverage in January, the songs, particularly “Wolf Totem,” have hit new heights thanks in large part to a viral Facebook post showcasing the track’s official video with the caption, “Mongolian metal is awesome.”

The Hu is currently prepping a debut album, Gereg, due via Eleven Seven Records.

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Mongolia to export cashmere products to US duty-free www.news.mn

A new bill that would allow duty-free imports of products made in Mongolia using Mongolian cashmere was introduced in both the US House and the Senate last week and has gathered support from apparel brands and importers.

The Mongolia Third-Neighbour Trade Act was introduced by Republican congressman Ted Yoho, who explains: ‘the bill is not just about imports of cashmere; it is smart policy that supports a strong, independent Mongolia that continues to be a beacon of freedom in the region and strategic partner of the Unites States. He said ‘It is estimated that this simple act will create upwards of 40,000 jobs primarily for women who make up 90 percent of the garment industry in Mongolia. We look forward the bill will be signed into law by President Donald Trump’.

The bill would support an important sector of Mongolian economy and reduce US imports of Chinese cashmere products. Mongolian cashmere is a brand and of itself.

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Japan’s Mitsubishi to join global airliner challenge to Boeing and Airbus www.rt.com

The aviation unit of Japanese industrial giant Mitsubishi is planning to start deliveries of Japan's first homegrown passenger plane since the 1960s as soon as next year.
The 88-passenger jet has a flight range of about 2,000 miles, while a smaller variant can fly up to 76 people for about the same distance. The MRJ (Mitsubishi Regional Jet) made its maiden flight in November 2015 with the first deliveries slated for mid-2020.

Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation initially planned the first deliveries of the jet for 2008. However, the date was pushed back five times due to production difficulties. Orders for the aircraft that once totaled 474 units from US and Japanese carriers have been reportedly reduced to 407 jets so far.

The Japanese conglomerate, a longtime supplier of aircraft components to Boeing, invested over 600 billion yen ($5.36 billion) into MRJ as of March 2018 with another 200 billion yen ($1.8bn) expected to be pumped into the project by the end of 2020. In October, Mitsubishi announced plans to invest an extra 170 billion yen ($1.5bn) in capital into its aircraft unit, canceling 50 billion yen ($446mn) of the debt owed by the division.

The long-anticipated MRJ, which is designed for local air transportation, may become a peer competitor for such mainstays as Canada's Bombardier, whose C Series regional planes are marketed as the Airbus A220, after the 2017 acquisition of the unit by the European aerospace giant. The Japanese jet is also expected to provide keen competition to Brazil's Embraer that announced plans to create a joint venture for Embraer's airliners in 2018.

The newcomers in the sector of regional air service, such as the Russian Sukhoi Superjet-100 and the Chinese Comac ARJ21, which are currently undergoing test flights, may also challenge Airbus and Boeing.

Mitsubishi is currently involved in legal proceedings with Montreal–based Bombardier. In October, the Canadian aircraft manufacturer filed a lawsuit, accusing the Japanese corporation of stealing secret information and causing Bombardier “to suffer irreparable financial loss.”

Mitsubishi counter-sued, saying that the Canadian aircraft producer had violated antitrust regulations through “a multifaceted scheme to expand its power within the regional jet market by impeding the entrance of a new competing aircraft.”

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