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Under Chinggis Khan, Mongolia ruled over the largest land empire ever known.
Today, sandwiched between the economic giants of Russia and China, the former communist country is struggling with widespread poverty and unemployment.
This is despite sitting on a wealth of largely untapped natural resources like copper, gold and uranium.
In this edition of 101 East we speak to Mongolia's new president about the challenges facing his country.
This episode of 101 East aired from Thursday, June 18, 2009.
Source: Al Jazeera