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Mongolia's economy is stuck between China, Russia and US

Reelected prime minister must navigate geopolitical tensions

| Mongolia
Ulaanbaatar's residential area, the district where the poorer part of the population lives: nearly a third of the nation's 3.2 million people live below the poverty line.   © Giulia Marchi/Getty Images

William Pesek is an award-winning Tokyo-based journalist and author of "Japanization: What the World Can Learn from Japan's Lost Decades."

Mongolia is famed for producing many of the globe's top contortionists, able to bend and twist their bodies into unbelievable shapes. You can count Prime Minister Ukhnaagiin Khurelsukh among them after his landslide reelection last week.

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