Disasters in the making

Will Conroy in Prague September 19, 2020

Iran, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan among countries ranked most vulnerable by inaugural edition of Ecological Threat Register.

Demonstrators protest as Chinese top diplomat visits Ulaanbaatar amid row over claimed native language suppression in Inner Mongolia

Anand Tumurtogoo in Ulaanbaatar September 16, 2020

Many Mongolians outraged, claiming Beijing is muzzling Mongolia into submission. But nation's economy hugely dependent on China, which accounts for more than half of its foreign trade. Ministers unlikely to see provoking giant neighbour as an option.

China ‘ending Mongolian-language education in Inner Mongolia’

Anand Tumurtogoo in Ulaanbataar August 31, 2020

Hundreds of teachers reportedly called to secret meetings at schools to be informed that Beijing has ordered them to switch to Chinese-medium teaching in some lessons from September 1.

Corona vote gambles pay off for incumbents

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow July 17, 2020

Timing is everything as politicians seek to take advantage of poll boosts from steering their countries through the pandemic and launching stimulus packages, before populations really feel the impact of the crippling economic recessions.

Mongolia to go ahead with Naadam festival, but with no tourists

Milena Mendes in Ulaanbaatar Mongolia July 9, 2020

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has played hell with the international event calendar everywhere this year. But not in Mongolia, which has decided to go ahead with Naadam, Mongolia’s biggest festival.