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The Future of Asia 2018

Small countries can enrich regional cooperation initiatives, says ex-Mongolian PM

Sukhbaatar Batbold warns against overlooking their growth potential

Former Mongolian Prime Minister Sukhbaatar Batbold speaks about the growth potential of smaller economies at the Future of Asia conference in Tokyo on June 11. (Photo by Taro Yokosawa) 

TOKYO -- Small countries have much to offer economically and should not be left out of regional cooperation initiatives, former Mongolian Prime Minister Sukhbaatar Batbold said on Monday.

"To be very blunt, world politics are being more and more perceived as a zero-sum game where one's loss is another's gain," Batbold told the Future of Asia conference in Tokyo. To avoid conflict in Asia, "we need a win-win solution for all parties who have a stake" and "mutual respect" for each other's interests, he stressed.

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