10 Questions for Tsakhia Elbegdorj

Lee Towndrow for TIME

Mongolia's President Tsakhia Elbegdorj

Your nation is sandwiched between two giants, China and Russia. How do you cope?
There are no big political issues between our countries, but our two neighbors have a great interest to invest in Mongolia, to keep their economic interests. But we have a great interest to balance that and to bring in more third-party investors.

Mongolia's extraordinary economic growth has been driven by its natural resources. How do you avoid the resource curse — corruption, conflict and poor growth — that has affected so many other countries?
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