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Hysterical biography of lawmakers

​Mongolian Parliament from time to time pays too much attention to minor issues​

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Then-Foreign Minister Zandanshatar Gombojav was identified as a “traitor”. He was blamed for concluding a secret negotiation to bury uranium wastes in Mongolia with the Americans and Japanese and claimed to have received generous bribe for this. Actually, no such thing has ever happened. No such explicit and secret negotiation were conducted anywhere. This was a deliberate policy not to have uranium exploration in Mongolia and agitate Mongolians enough to chase foreign investors through rumors and slanders. The open financier was a Japanese citizen with Korean ethnicity. It is possible that Russians may have commissioned all this. This attempt to chase out foreign investors from Mongolia was overwhelming and achieved huge and unexpected success. Member of the Party and comrade Zandanshatar Gombojav is a very sensitive person who made his career from an economist of a state-run-collective farm to the Foreign Minister of Mongolia. He thinks that preventing foreign occupation in the motherland is his duty and named it the Foreign Policy of Mongolia. He began acting very rough towards American and Japanese officials, completely avoiding them.

If met by an accident, he acts as if he is barking at them. He widely promotes his behavior domestically. He put on a face of a patriot and initiated a law to stop and curb foreign investment in order to prove he had nothing to do with the uranium when the election was nearing. Who would not partner with him in this noble cause? There is another important patriot named Byambatsogt Sandag. Also Enkhbold Nambar, who led Mongolia’s foreign relations before Zandanshatar Gombojav. They all got together to develop a serious law to restrict foreign investment in the minerals sector and allow parliament to review each investment case and provide special permit. Inviting Batbayar Nyamjav, who is reportedly a specialist in such adventures, also had a purpose. This idiot is capable of doing anything. The draft law was reviewed and became more strict. Its scope covered telecommunication, banking and financialsectors. They locked the door of Mongolia and sealed it. Now, let us all enjoy behind that locked door for eternity. It did not take long for the results to emerge. Those who invested in Mongolia began to run away quickly. Those who planned to invest realized that they will be robbed and escaped too. Mongolia’s export plunged 60 percent within a short time and the economy began to deteriorate.

Mongolia was announced as a country with the most unreliable investment environment. According to experts, Mongolia was forecasted to go bankrupt in 2013. It is possible as 90 percent of its revenue sources are locked and sealed off. This was done by the law. Large companies, which already invested, have froze their assets. Western companies like “Rio Tinto” and “Centerra Gold” and “South Gobi“ froze all their activities fearing further risks. Activities of domestic producers weakened and many were shut down. Cash flow was disrupted in the country. Construction, communication and other business sectors began to fall on their knees regardless of their size. I even heard that snuff tobacco box sellers complained about low price of snuff boxes because of coal. Thisis not the first or last example of how unaccountability hurts and damages national economy and even deteriorates further. Somebody initiated a madness to distribute cash before 2004 election and he was even proud of this. Further on, this became like a socialist competition. Cash incentive was initially started with a naive name ”incentive for children”, then it covered marriage and biological phenomenon of giving birth and then ended up with cash distribution for old people and public. Several billions of USD were spent on cash incentive.If it was used for infrastructure, education and economic reform, Mongolia would have been a different country today. Everybody says let us not depend on mining, let us develop other economic sectors. Money is the foremost requirement to do that. How are we supposed to develop other sectors when the mining sector is being blocked at its peak, draining all the revenues down the sink and publicly partying with what little remains.

• Rumors and slanders about burying uranium wastes were a deliberate policy on chasing foreign investors.

• Some patriots' law that covered telecommunication, banking and financial sectors closed the door of foreign investment for Mongolians.

• When Mongolian economy was saturated with cash and was developing to a new height, 68 percent windfall tax law was approved.

When Mongolian economy was saturated with cash and was developing to a new height, 68 percent windfall tax law was approved. It brought almost no revenue; however, it became a giant measure to scare away foreign investors. The outcome of this law emerged quickly and in 2007, the number of foreign invested companies dropped by 20.9 percent. Then there was the 2008 crisis. Also, production and sales of some commodities like gold criminalized. Initiator of this law is not a sane person. That insane person planned to raise USD 1.5 billion government bond with a high interest rate without any clear plan, creating a long queue outside his office asifit is his own. He spoke about supporting his former party of Mongolian National Progressive Party and reviving the faction, as well as cutting economic ties with Seoul, saying Koreans are abusing our women. It is reported that he said the bond was sold successfully because he held a fire worshipping ceremony and called for the public to organize fire worshipping ceremonies. He even said foreigners do not know how to make economic estimation and said they should learn from his daughter. He said he found this great idea while surfing yahoo search and said he will test it in Mongolia.

This is not a funny conversation of a psychiatric hospital. It was not even a joke. This was a serious talk held in Mongolia’s legislative body, a place where state policy is determined and wealth is distributed! All this crazy actions ranging from Law on Strategically Untouchable Deposits, which damaged the whole economy, to Law on Banning Immorality and Licentious Activities, Law Against Alcoholism and Smoking, Law on Pressuring Rich and Taxing their Savings, Law on Taking Care of Old and Children and Law on Cash Distribution and Awarding Marriages in order to support population growth were originated from his asylum. Initially, these acts looked very fair and patriotic. But in reality, these were the nonsenses that attacked emerging democratic system and pushed the public to commit illegal actions and caused enmity among social classes. Responses to these nonsenses were also very simple. Is it right to drink vodka; why can we not love our motherland; justice should be protected; are you going to turn your daughter into a prostitute etc. Some keen-eyed people see that the percentage of insane people in the Parliament rises after every election. That is in terms of medical science. Those stupid, rude and ignorant people who likes to become lawmakers repeatedly under the ”justice” mask are filling up the top legislative body. Initially, there were only one or two such people and then, they multiplied and became a group.

Maybe, the “Egiin river power station’s 13” were the first of such group. The next was the group of people who persuaded Oyun Sanjaasuren, who was abroad for many years and did not know much about domestic situation, to form a separate political party by saying “we saw how the democratic party members killed your brother with our own eyes” and played their politics. Groups after that had a purpose of competing with corruption,stealing for their own benefits rather than for political purposes. It is common to use naive idiots who have mental problems or want to be loved by the public in such manners. About dozen companies who faced a huge loss by investing in mining deposits figured out a way to get compensation from the State. They drafted a law on banning exploitation of earth along river basins and gave it to an idiot of a lawmaker. According to this law, the state will be responsible for the losses. Hundreds of licenses were suspended. Even companies from Gobi desert became eligible to be included in this on their own request under the pretext that there could be water and spring under the Gobi soil. Compensations for these companies reached USD 8 billion, which exceeds the GDP at the time. That so-called patriot who submitted this law, is the one who cut down and exported trees from Tuj pine forest to the People’s Republic of China. Do you remember those people who show up every night on TV talk show program “never ending conversation”?

They repeatedly talked about isolating this country from the rest of the world and harming the economy and not accumulating the revenue and distributing it for several years sounded like sophisticated plan of countries that are hostile to Mongolia. At that time, they were just hoping to become a mere lawmaker. However, after the election, they all got promoted to administrators of the State Budget. Promise is a promise. The man who became the mining minister immediately announced that foreigners will be chased out from Mongolia in order to realize his pledge and this was immediately translated into 23 languages of the world. It set a new record for the Mongolian literature. The book “Mongolian secret history” being translated into 13 languages is now an old record. Mongolian Parliament pays too much attention to minor issues from time to time; for instance the Parliament held serious discussions over the President Ochirbat Punsalmaa’s choice of word “luxurious” during a party, and MP Ganbold eating a head of sheep in front of foreigners during one reception. However, they were silent when mental asylum patients repeatedly defiled the economy of Mongolia. Parliament is a place where they can do anything they want. In his “Divine Comedy”, Dante wrote “the hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in time of great moral crisis, maintain their neutrality. Many lawmakers who are sane, have good education, and considered just by the public, sits idly when laws and regulations that could harm the country is being passed by idiots although they have sworn duty before the public. If what Dante said was true, these sinners will go to the cruelest places from the three chambers of the hell.

2013.5.5


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President pays his first state visit of this year to China

President to attend the BRI summit on April 26-28

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The President of Mongolia Battulga Khaltmaa is paying his first state visit to China of this year at the invitation of his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping. He is expected to visit the State Assembly on today and will take part in the high-level international meeting of Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) on April 26-28, reported the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The President is being accompanied by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Mongolia TsogtbaatarDamdin, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Mongolia to China, Deputy Speaker of the Parliament, Speaker of the Mongolian-Chinese Parliamentary Group in the Parliament, Minister of Food, Agriculture and Light Industry, Minister for Road and Transportation, Head of the Office of the President of Mongolia Enkhbold Zandaakhuu, Secretary of the National Security Council, representatives and working groups, and press releases representatives.

During his tenure, President Battulga Khaltmaa participated in several high-level meetings, twice in the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok, Shanghai Cooperation Summit last year, the Asia-Europe Summit in Belgium, and the World Investment Summit in Switzerland.

As a matter of fact, President Battulga addressed the issue of transit of natural gas pipeline connecting Russia and China at the East Asian Economic Forum in Vladivostok, Russia.

“The development of the relationship with the Shanghai Cooperation Organization will be a real challenge to the regional infrastructure,” he addressed when he previously participated in the Shanghai Cooperation Summit.


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Standing Committee discusses 2008 bill and postpones it

Working group established to revise bill on explosives

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The first discussion on the draft Law on the Supervision of Circulation of Explosives and Blasting Instruments submitted by Cabinet on December 04, 2008, and the draft Law on Allocation were held at the Standing Committees on Security and Foreign Policy yesterday.

As of today, there are 64 licensed entities importing, producing and selling explosives and blasting materials and the development of these products are likely to increase due to the need in the mining sector. However, the assessment on the consequences of the law does not specify the legal requirements for the licenses, or the professionally accredited bodies, and the functions of law enforcement agencies are not determined including the legal status of the law. It has a negative impact on the implementation of the law, the committee concluded.

Therefore, the majority of the members of the Standing Committee agreed to postpone the bill and decided to set up a working group.

At the standing Standing Committee meeting, the members also discussed the bilateral agreement between Mongolia and the Republic of Belarus on Friendly Relations and Cooperation.

The 2016-2020 Action Plan of the Mongolian Government states to extend traditional relations and cooperation with third neighbors and other countries. It also prioritizes the development of trade and economic relations. For this purpose, it is necessary to develop relations, cooperation, trade and economic partnerships with the Republic of Belarus, which is the main center of transit transportation that connects Mongolia with the countries of the Eurasian Economic Union, including our partnering countries in the region, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs emphasized.




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Upcoming bill prohibits underground water usage in mining

80 percent of Mongolia's water is supplied by 1.9 percent of the total reserves of groundwater

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The Parliament recently discussed the amendments to the Law on Water and other related bills. The draft specified the right to use water and prohibited the exploitation of underground freshwater for mining and industrial purposes.

Approximately 80 percent of Mongolia's water is supplied by 1.9 percent of the total reserves of groundwater and there are deficient legal and regulatory documents governing the use and protection of groundwater. Furthermore, the issue of regulating the relations between citizens, business entities, and organizations that are using underground water, as well as improving the monitoring and accountability of the groundwater is becoming a problem.

Also, it is important to prohibit the use of underground freshwater deposits in specific industries, to set abandoned bores, water use, and consumption priorities, to increase the right to the drinking water consumption of citizens, to increase the use of surface water and to define water scarcity levels. The draftsmen believe that there is a need for the socioeconomic necessity to create a legal environment for monitoring.

The draft law was postponed to proceed at the next session due to the failure to meet the quorum.


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Mongolian Foreign Policy: The story of seeking the third neighbor

After World War II, diplomatic relations between China and the Soviet Union was a major achievement for Mongolia.

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The sequel to No. 69 (1121)

The Third Neighbor initiative was continued after World War II. Although the Soviet Union from the north warned Mongolia to avoid having a third neighbor because of being a small country that was under the shadow of Russia. It was also possible to call on the approval of many other countries. It was seen at the end of Stalin's speech. He said:

When you are recognized internationally, your country is officially independent. There is nothing wrong with pursuing it. First of all, you should declare your independence from China. If your independence is accepted by China and is admitted by other countries, you will be able to attract the Inner Mongols, Tsakhar, and Barag. Then, they will know that Mongolia's true independence is in your hands.

You will be able to declare your independence from China when you are strong in the state. If so, imperialist nations such as Japan and England will try to accept you at your own initiative.

It should be noted that the Yalta Conference, also known as the Crimea Conference has played an important role in the third neighbor's policy of Mongolia. As a result of the following events, the People's Republic of Mongolia started to form an independent state as a de-jure in 1946. The Republic of China (ROC) recognized the independence of Mongolia on January 05, 1946 and established diplomatic relations on January 13, 1946. As for the Soviet Union, its de-facto approval was transformed into de-jure in 1945. It was the beginning of the Treaty of Friendship, Cooperation, and Mutual Assistance that two sides signed in Moscow on February 19, 1946.

From that point on, Mongolia returned to pursue its 1912 aspiration and began to seek diplomatic relations. It was an attempt to expand to a third neighbor.

The People's Republic of Mongolia has requested the Secretary-General of the United Nations to join the UN on April 19, 1946, and was invited to the UN Security Council meeting on August 28, 1945. At the meeting, British delegation Alexander George Montagu Cadogan made the following statement about Mongolia:

Mongolian People's Republic has diplomatic relations with only two countries, therefore, it does not have enough experience in international relations.

After a while, the Chief of Mongolia’s diplomatic office Tsedenbal Yumjaa opposed the statement at party activist meeting in Ulaanbaatar. He said:

The size of international relations is not a condition that can be considered to be a member of the United Nations or whether it is a necessity to be admitted membership in the UN.

The Mongolian People's Revolutionary Party (MPRP) meeting in 1948 discussed the issue of Mongolia's foreign relations in a wider frame for the first time. At that time, they noted that the party had the right direction of foreign policy. After World War II, the diplomatic relations between China and the Soviet Union was a major achievement for Mongolia. Afterward, it declared diplomatic relations with North Korea in 1948, and Albania in 1949. The number has increased to 12 after five years. It was a huge advance. For the number to reach two-digits, Mongolian politicians had suffered 40 years of torture, and at that time, they were thinking of a third neighbor.

Yalta Conference has played an important role in the third neighbor's policy of Mongolia

There was a speech at MPRP XII Congress (1954.11.19). "We are now marking peace, harmony and mutual respect all over the borders of the People's Republic." They considered the relationship with the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR), the People's Republic of China (PRC), and the DPRK and remarked,

The Mongolian People's Republic is a strong part of the composition of the powerful democratic camps, with the establishment of diplomatic relations with the People's Democratic Republics of the Europe, including People's Republic of Poland, People's Republic of Botany, Czech Republic, Uzbek Soviet Socialist Republic, Buryatia Republic, Roman Republic, Republic of Angola and the German Democratic Republic. We also maintain diplomatic relations with the Republic of Vietnam and focus on strengthening the relations.

In the mid-1950s, Mongolia had no idea of a diplomatic relationship beyond the socialist countries of the democracies, but in 1956, the Russian Social Democratic Labour Party (RSDLP) declared the possibility of peaceful coexistence with countries of diverse people. The Mongolian Government has  started to seek a third neighbor without any hesitation.

The fact that “more than half the population of the humanity” and “the four continents of the population” were read as part of the ruling party's congressional speeches shows that diplomacy was being considered intently. The practice of declaring diplomatic relations as an important developmental progression, as it was known for its importance, continued for 30 years and remained until the 19th Congress of the MPRP (1986).

1958.03.17 - Part 1 of the "International Situation and People's Republic of Mongolia" report of Damba Dash's speech on the MPRP's conference evaluated the development of friendly relations with 12 countries including Soviet Union, the People's Republic of China, Albania, Bulgaria, Hungary, Democratic Republic of Vietnam, Democratic Germany, DPRK, Poland, Romania, Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia. It read,

We declared diplomatic relations with the Republic of India, Burma and the Republic of Korea, and the Republic of Indonesia, complying the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence, known as the Panchsheel Treaty, the base of the relationship between countries with different systems. Therefore, the People's Republic of Mongolia now has diplomatic relations with more than half the human population. The Mongolian People's Republic is ready to establish equal relations with other countries who are willing to maintain a further relationship with our country in order to ensure equality and mutual respect for the principle of peaceful coexistence without regard to social and political structures." However, the non-resident ambassadors were reported as diplomatic delegations. This is due to the lack of practice in international relations. In 1958, Mongolia began diplomatic relations with 15 countries.

Diplomacy in the principle of peaceful coexistence, regardless of social and political structures, has expanded considerably since the 1960s. In 1959, after the United Nations announced the 1960s as the "African Year," it established diplomatic relations with Guinea, Cambodia, and Cuba. In 1961.07.03, the MPRP congress said, "Now the People's Republic of Mongolia has diplomatic relations with 21 countries in the four continents."

To be continued...