posted on Mar, 17 2005 @ 05:53 PM
Since we are talking about Mongolia.
Just a little bit of history.
Mongolia was part of China even as recently as the "Chinese Republic" days of Dr Sun-yat Sen. (Just after the collapse of the Qing dynasty)
Qing Dynasty Map
The reason why it is now separate is because of Joseph Stalin. He made the promise of fighting the Japanese to Mao Zedong on the condition of
Mongolia becoming independent. (Reason was simple, Russian tanks would drive over Mongolia to Beijing much easily if the need were to arise)
The very fact that this deal was made by Mao Zedong means that it was not recognised by the Nationalists or the Kuomintang. To this day, Taiwan
claims Mongolia as part of it's "Republic of China".
Just pointing this out, because alot of you Americans probably don't learn about this type of history.
[edit on 17-3-2005 by rapier28]