Lady of the Gobi: trucking coal across the desert to China

On Mongolia’s coal highway to the Chinese border, truck driver Maikhuu dreams of a better life and financial security for her three children. However, the road from the mines to China is riddled with accidents, toxic pollution, poor hygiene and now, amid the Covid crisis, drivers face days of quarantine on the border. Trapped in a hazardous industry, Maikhuu’s journey reflects the human and environmental costs of Mongolia’s mining boom

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Lady of the Gobi: trucking coal across the desert to China

On Mongolia’s coal highway to the Chinese border, truck driver Maikhuu dreams of a better life and financial security for her three children. However, the road from the mines to China is riddled with accidents, toxic pollution, poor hygiene and now,  amid the Covid crisis, drivers face days of quarantine on the border. Trapped in a hazardous industry, Maikhuu's journey reflects the human and environmental costs of Mongolia’s mining boom

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Mongolia under pressure to align with Russia and China

Landlocked state is pursuing neutrality despite neighbours’ efforts to create triangle of anti-western cooperation

Mongolia, a squeezed outpost of democracy in north-east Asia, is under renewed pressure from its authoritarian neighbours, Russia and China, to shed its independence and form a triangle of anti-western cooperation in the wake of the war in Ukraine.

The country is doggedly pursuing a path of neutrality, coupled with a policy of economic diversification designed to keep its unique culture and still relatively recent independence alive, according to Nomin Chinbat, its culture secretary.

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Mongolia is home to the world’s first national park | Letter

Keith Taylor says Yellowstone in the US is not the first national park to have been established

In your article on the climate threat to the Old Faithful geyser (Yellowstone’s most famous geyser could shut down, with huge ramifications, 2 July), it was claimed that Yellowstone, founded in 1870, was the world’s first national park.

Citizens of Mongolia and those who are proud to call it home may take exception to that claim. Almost a full century earlier, in 1783, the Mongolian government under the control of the Qing dynasty established Bogd Khan Uul, a mountain that overlooks today’s capital of Ulaanbaatar, as a protected reserve and the world’s first national park. It remains a national park, Unesco biosphere reserve and popular hiking spot to this day. I can see it from my living room window. It’s lovely.
Keith Taylor
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

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Inner Mongolia protests at China’s plans to bring in Mandarin-only lessons

Beijing plan to replace Mongolian language in some school subjects sparks fears of cultural assimilation

Thousands of ethnic Mongolians have protested across northern China in opposition to Beijing plans to replace the Mongolian language with Chinese in some school subjects.

Tuesday marked the first day of a policy revealed in June, to gradually transition the language of instruction in Inner Mongolian schools from Mongolian to Mandarin Chinese. The change affects three subjects over the next three years in the autonomous region. The education bureau said Mongolian and Korean language classes would remain.

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‘Be still’: 12 images to evoke silence, peace and calm reflection – in pictures

Two years ago the photographer Palani Mohan received life-saving heart surgery. After his recovery he started to see the world and his work differently. He was drawn to images, old and new, that evoked silence and peace, and inspired reflection. ‘As we spend these days and weeks at home, I’m grateful for this time I have with my thoughts, and to witness the power of the small good things that surround us,’ he says. ‘My hope, especially in these difficult times, is that when you look at these images you can find a place for yourself within them, and be still.’

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