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Dalai Lama

Landlocked Mongolia worries China's becoming too close

ULAANBAATAR, Mongolia Ask Mongolians what they think of China and you are likely to hear about the Dalai Lama's visit to their country in 2002. China scolded Mongolia for hosting Tibet's exiled spiritual leader, and Beijing even closed part of the border between the two countries for several hours. "It was ridiculous," recalls Batzul Gerelsaikhan, a 26-year-old business consultant from Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia's capital. "There were all these goods that were held up at the border." Mongolia lies to China's north, a country of 3 million people that has grown increasingly dependent on its much larger and more populous neighbor. Ninety percent of...