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Mongolians travelled to the polls Wednesday to elect a new national government as the country struggles to monetise its vast natural resources amid slumping demand for commodities from its largest trade partner China. The contest largely comes down to a choice between the ruling Democratic Party and the opposition Mongolian People's Party. On both sides campaigns have been heavy on bromides about economic development but light on concrete proposals for tackling voter concerns, including improving the country's educational and health care systems.
The leaders of the United States, Canada and Mexico gather on Wednesday to stress the importance of trade at a time of mounting international doubts about the benefits of globalization. The three nations belong to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Tuesday vowed to renegotiate or even scrap if he wins power. Trump says free trade has been disastrous for American workers, costing countless thousands of jobs and depressing wages.