Mongolia: Loving thy third neighbour

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By Antonio Graceffo in Ulaanbaatar “I am not a minister of [the Russian province of] Buryatia. I am a minister of sovereign Mongolia,” Enkh-Amgalan Luvsantseren, Mongolia’s education minister, defiantly told a former Russian ambassador, Iskander Azizov, who was attempting to meddle in the selection of a new school principal in Ulaanbaatar. Not a huge diplomatic incident for sure, but a telling moment that serves as an example of how Mongolia strives to assert its independence and sovereignty while navigating the influences of both China and Russia, the two huge nations that envelop it at all p…

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