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Canada's Foreign Minister John Baird shakes hands with his Mongolian counterpart Luvsanvandan Bold during a meeting at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Ulan Bator, July 24, 2014.
Canada's Foreign Minister John Baird shakes hands with his Mongolian counterpart Luvsanvandan Bold during a meeting at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Ulan Bator, July 24, 2014.
(B.Rentsendorj/Reuters)

What is Harper’s ‘real interest’ in Mongolia?

John Baird was given a ceremonial welcome in Ulan Bator, and invited to try a bow-and-arrow at a festival in the Jargalant Valley. The Foreign Affairs Minister is on a trip to Asia, visiting big powers China and Japan. But last week, his first stop was in a sparsely populated nation of three million.