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Mongolian Diplomacy - Stay Out of War With Russia and China

On SEBASTIAN MARSHALL

Yesterday, I talked about Crossing the Chinese/Mongolian Border by Land. I mentioned that I met a really interesting, intelligent, and world-traveled guy named Bat, and we had some good conversations.

I learned a lot about Mongolia from Bat. Here's some highlights:

Mining is one of the fastest growing sectors in Mongolia - some Australian companies have made huge investments into Mongolia the last year or two, and next year is projected to be the largest budget the government of Mongolia has ever had.

I asked Bat, "So what do you think the government is going to spend the new revenues on? Military, education, infrastructure, or...?"

Cold War 2.0

On Sara Alina

Are we on the brink of another Cold War and return to the USSR? Since taking office, Putin has spent the last decade reinventing Russia as the old superpower. He has begun to introduce the Soviet national anthem and famously stating the fall of the USSR the world’s largest geopolitical catastrophe, Putin has taken advantage of people’s emotional attachment to Soviet symbols in order to benefit his own corrupt and authoritarian agenda.

According to The Washington Post, “ President Obama on Thursday ordered sanctions against Ukrainian and Russian officials in connection with the crisis over Ukraine’s Crimea region, and he denounced Crimea’s move to join the Russian Federation as unconstitutional and a violation of international law”.

Obama has also asked for the support from Russia to help resolve the crisis by starting direct talks with Ukraine and agreeing to allow international monitors into Crimea, as well as the rest of Ukraine, to ensure that the rights of all Ukrainians, including ethnic Russians, are respected.

I can only hope that this situation can be resolved quickly with minimal causalities.

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