Mongolia's lawmakers were betting investors would rejoice at new watershed legislation for the country's mining sector. However, investors are more concerned with the problems of today than promises for the future.
What does the West hope to achieve in its showdown with Russia over Ukraine? The US and EU are being sucked into a destructive "sanctions spiral" that is already hurting the wider economic recovery in Europe.
Rio Tinto secured an agreement on a power plant to feed its $6.5bn Oyu Tolgoi copper project on August 14. While the news is positive for the investor, it doesn't guarantee that a $5bn expansion will get the green light.
Kazakhstan's President Nursultan Nazarbayev announced a major government reshuffle on August 6, as part of attempts to revive economic growth, which has slowed due to stagnant oil production and falling exports.
The difference between Mongolia's 1,520mm rail gauge and China's 1,435mm gauge is less than 100mm, but it's proving enough to revive Mongolians' feelings of suspicion about their giant neighbour China.
The EU and US expanded sanctions against Russia late on July 29, hitting the country's banking, energy and defence industries. Talk of even further action threatens to weigh further on the sluggish Russian economy.
If Kyrgyzstan's membership of the EEU proves detrimental to the interests of citizens, joining the Russian-led bloc could prove dangerous for politicians in a country that has overthrown two presidents in the past decade.