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Wednesday, July 6, 2011




Mongolia Briefing is a magazine and daily news service about doing business in Mongolia. We cover topics relating to the Mongolian economy, the market in Mongolia, foreign direct investment and Mongolian law and tax. It is written in-house by the foreign investment professionals at Dezan Shira & Associates


Culture & History

A Tale of Two Mongolias

Chinese Inner Mongolia and the Mongolian State are separate entities, but confusion remains as to the differences.

Op-Ed Commentary: Chris Devonshire-Ellis

ULAANBAATAR, May 30 – Recent reports in the press over ethnic tensions “in Mongolia” demonstrate there is still much to be understood about the region. Apparently, an ethnic Mongolian herder was killed by a Han Chinese lorry driver in an accident that has sparked unrest in the Chinese autonomous region of Inner Mongolia. Meanwhile, Mongolia itself remains an independent country and is utterly unaffected by the incident in China. Such reports however, tend to demonstrate poor standards of journalism, a lack of appreciation of the dynamics between the two areas, and a disregard for historical fact. That the incident was widely reported in headlines as having taken place in “Mongolia” blurs distinctions and is indicative of lazy journalism. In this article I aim to describe the differences between the two as well as shed some light on the background to the incident in question. Continue reading

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Mongolia’s Wolf Economy Comes in from the Cold

The investment opportunities are all about mining, minerals, and entrepreneurial adventures

Op-Ed Commentary: Chris Devonshire-Ellis

ULAAN BAATAR, Mar. 4 – The main focus of what is going to be a decade of massive change for the Mongolian economy is going to be mining. In fact, the massive reserves that the nation possesses are such that there is talk of a “mining mania” and serious concern about how this young nation can cope with the implications this natural bonanza will bring. Continue reading

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Ten Things We’ve Learned about Mongolian Democracy (and China)

Op-Ed Commentary: Chris Devonshire-Ellis

ULAANBAATAR, Mar. 4 – Attending the Mongolian Economic Forum this week has in part been an interesting case study in two contrasting and competing systems of government. While Ulaan Baatar, the capital of Mongolia, lies closer to Beijing than Shanghai does, it employs a democratic system as opposed to the one-party state. That system itself has only been in operation for 20 years, about the same time as China has risen to become a world trading giant. In such close proximity to each other, the differing political contrasts are quite apparent. So what have we learned this week about Mongolian democracy as compared to China’s one-party state? Continue reading

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Governance Key in Unlocking Mongolia’s Massive Wealth

Mongolia’s Parliament Building, Ulaan Baatar. Chingghis Khan sits in the center.

The world’s newest mineral-rich investment hotspot has surprises up its sleeves

Op-Ed Commentary: Chris Devonshire-Ellis

ULAAN BAATAR, Mar. 3 – Governance was the main theme at the Mongolian Economic Forum being held in Ulaan Baatar, as the country begins to come to terms with its newfound status as a major global player in critical resources. Continue reading

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Mongolia Expat Adventure Travel Brand Re-Launched

Dec. 3 – The Mongolia Expat adventure travel website and magazine has been re-launched after a three year hiatus. Originally produced by Chris Devonshire-Ellis from 2006 to 2008, it has been “in animated suspension” for the past three years as Chris concentrated on developing his business in India. Continue reading

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