Mongolia is pursuing a democratic and open free market system, and cooperating economically with the US, Japan, Germany and many other countries in the west. This is problematic to the Chinese government and they have and will continue to make strong efforts to limit these contacts. This aggressive policy follows naturally because
What has been the position of the Mongolian government regarding these border incidents. More than 3 months have passed since the first incident, and so far, it has not been reported that an official protest has been lodged with the Chinese government. The violation of Mongolian territory, the wounding and kidnapping of a Mongolian citizen, the plundering of Mongolian natural resources and the violent incidents have been met with silence on the part of the Mongolian government. Is this due to fear and a sense of powerlessness?
To pursue this issue, I asked Mr. Myagmarsuren, Office of the Foreign Ministry, why Mongolia has not yet protested to the Chinese government. He answered that 'We are conversing with the Chinese side through diplomatic channels.' Another view on the government perception of these incidents is seen in an interview of Colonel D. Bazarsad, Commander of the Department of Border Patrol, 'Ardyn Erkh' September 11, 1997. Regarding the kidnapping incident, he said '...the Chinese side has sent our injured border guard to Hailar, operated on him and saved his life. After his wounds are healed, the Chinese have promised to return him to Mongolia...' The interview with Colonel Bazarsad gave a very benign impression of the seriousness of the violation of Mongolian territories by the Chinese and generally downplayed the entire incident. Another government official, Chairman of the Parliament, Mr. Gonchigdorj, answering reporters' questions, said '...in regard to the border incidents, it has not reached to a level where the government must protest.'
I am personally troubled by the government's attitude to these border incidents. Have the Mongols forgotten that Mongolia is a sovereign and independent country? It's true that Mongolia is a poor and underdeveloped country, but it's still our country, with a freely elected government and laws. On behalf of the electorate, the government should and must protest these incidents to the Chinese government. This is merely a normal part of maintaining international relations, and if the government of Mongolia fails to do this, one must question whether or not the government is capable of handling international relations in an effective way. This is particularly critical, since the Chinese are in a sense testing Mongolia, to see how much provocation the Mongols will bear. Will this new level of intimidation lead to opposition, or silent acceptance? I support a strong and vigorous protest of the border incidents.