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PostKoreans in Mongolia (Timothy Brown, USA, 09/10/17 4:25 am)
A small, but interesting addition to our discussion of the current North Korea imbroglio.
Several years back, while he was staying with us at our home, I asked Elbegdorj Tsakia, EB, recently President of Mongolia, about Mongolia's relations with China. He mentioned that when asked by China, Mongolia would take in North Korean refugees that were seeking refuge in China (he called them escapees). While he didn't ever say as much, he made it rather clear that one of Mongolia's most important relationships is with the PRC, a subtle but understandable bow to the ancient reality that "the strong do what they will. The weak do what they must."
JE comments: China outpopulates Mongolia by about 300 to one. Perhaps they need the extra people, although the most likely explanation is the PRC wanting to get the Koreans out of sight and mind. Stalin did something similar: the Koreans in the Soviet Union were deported en masse to Uzbekistan, leaving a significant and lasting impact on that region. See this recent radio piece (PRI's The World) on a Korean-Uzbek restaurant in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn. This is a fusion cuisine I never thought about: