Mongolia's Relations with Russia and China and its "Third Neighbor" Relations with the U.S. and Japan
June 8, 2009, 4:00 - 5:30 PM - Hudson Institute, Washington, D.C. Headquarters
held a special presentation by
The Honorable Batbold Sukhbaatar
Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade of Mongolia
Mongolia's Relations with Russia and China
and its "Third Neighbor" Relations with the U.S. and Japan
Monday, June 8th
4:00 – 5:30 PM
Download the Foreign Minister's remarks here
Hon. Batbold Sukhbaatar
Mongolia, a resource-rich nation with a storied past nestled between Russia and China, has undergone a remarkable transformation in the twenty years since the collapse of the Communist bloc. Once a nation as isolated as North Korea, today, Mongolia has democracy, a market economy, and a rising international profile, in part thanks to an active "third neighbor policy" that seeks to broaden international ties to Western democracies.
In 2005, President George W. Bush became the first American president to visit Mongolia. Prime Minister of Russia, Vladimir Putin, just concluded a visit to Mongolia — a country many Russians still view as a part of their "sphere of influence" — to sign numerous trade, investment, and energy agreements.
On the eve of Minister Batbold's visit to Washington and meeting with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, he offered his views on Mongolia's evolving relations with its geographical neighbors, the United States, and Japan.
Minister Batbold has held his post since September 2008. Previously, he was a member of the Mongolian parliament for four years. He has also held the positions of Minister for Trade and Industry and Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs.
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