Mongolia Has A China Complex

By Yuriy Humber and Michael Kohn - 2013-07-10T08:38:35Z

Photograph by Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg

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The core of Mongolia's unease is a pervasive sense that China sees Mongolia as little more than a vast open-pit mine to feed its growth ambitions and the consumerist desires of China's 1.3 billion people -- this, coupled with a wariness that the mining companies which have come to suck up these resources, mostly on China's behalf, will leave behind an environmental mess.

Left: A worker walks in front of a concentrator building at the Oyu Tolgoi copper-gold mine in Khanbogd, in the South Gobi Desert.