US President Donald Trump speaks with reporters as he welcomes Mongolian President Khaltmaagiin Battulga in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington on July 31. Photo: AFP US President Donald Trump speaks with reporters as he welcomes Mongolian President Khaltmaagiin Battulga in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington on July 31. Photo: AFP
US President Donald Trump speaks with reporters as he welcomes Mongolian President Khaltmaagiin Battulga in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington on July 31. Photo: AFP
Patrick Mendis
Opinion

Opinion

Eye on Asia by Patrick Mendis and Itgelt Bat-ochir

Mongolia is seeking greener pastures with the US and India to balance China’s influence

  • Mongolia, with its large, resource-rich land mass and small population, is economically dependent on China. Will its courtship of India and the US pay off?

US President Donald Trump speaks with reporters as he welcomes Mongolian President Khaltmaagiin Battulga in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington on July 31. Photo: AFP US President Donald Trump speaks with reporters as he welcomes Mongolian President Khaltmaagiin Battulga in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington on July 31. Photo: AFP
US President Donald Trump speaks with reporters as he welcomes Mongolian President Khaltmaagiin Battulga in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington on July 31. Photo: AFP
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Patrick Mendis

Patrick Mendis

Dr Patrick Mendis, a Harvard Kennedy School's former Rajawali senior fellow, is an associate-in-research at the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard University, a senior fellow of the Pangoal Institution in Beijing, and a distinguished visiting professor of Asian-Pacific affairs at Shandong University in Jinan, China. He is the author of Peaceful War: How the Chinese Dream and American Destiny Create a Pacific New World Order (see www.patrickmendis.com).

Itgelt Bat-ochir

Itgelt Bat-ochir

Itgelt Bat-ochir is a final-year student of international relations at the University of Pecs in Hungary.