Tuesday, 15 December 2009

Copper-bottomed promises

I'VE long believed that Mongolia, among wild countries, is the Last Best Place, to steal the slogan for Montana. But the news that years-long negotiations over the huge Turquoise Hill (Oyu Tolgoi) mineral deposits in the Gobi desert have reached a conclusion leaves me wondering whether the country's future is quite as copper-bottomed as the mine's boosters claim.