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Local graduate heading to Mongolia

Lucas Beard sizes a compression sack for his sleeping bag inside Gardenswartz on Main Avenue during a trip to get supplies for travel to Mongolia, where he will be for one year after being named a Fulbright Scholar.
Mongolia-China facts

China colonized Mongolia for two centuries.
Mongolia’s known mineral riches of copper, coal, gold, silver, uranium, molybdenum and tin brings geologists to their knees. But it is poor, so can’t afford the infrastructure required to extract its wealth.
Mongolia is economically dependent on China, which has gobbled up nearly all of Mongolia’s exports, especially coal.
Already, more than 80 percent of its exports to China are minerals, a proportion expected to rise in a few years to 95 percent.
China has been in the habit of cutting off trade with Mongolia when Mongolia does things it deems politically unpalatable, for instance letting the Dalai Lama, the Tibetan spiritual leader, come visit in 2002.
Sources: The Economist, The East Asia Forum, the New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor

Local graduate heading to Mongolia

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Lucas Beard sizes a compression sack for his sleeping bag inside Gardenswartz on Main Avenue during a trip to get supplies for travel to Mongolia, where he will be for one year after being named a Fulbright Scholar.
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