Aug. 22 - On his visit to Mongolia, U.S. Vice President Biden enjoys a display of traditional culture, while some residents protest against his visit. Nick Rowlands reports.
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden is treated to a display of traditional Mongolian culture in Ulan Bator. Biden was on a one-day visit to Mongolia as part of his tour of Asia. Although China dominates Mongolia's economy - having bought 90 percent of its exports in the first half of 2011 - the government is keen to cultivate new relations with what it calls "third neighbours", such as the United States. As a symbol of the two countries' growing friendship, Biden was presented with a horse, which he gave an Irish name in reference to his own Irish roots. The horse lurched into the crowd, alarming Biden and his bodyguards. (SOUNDBITE) (English) UNITED STATES VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN: "He started to rear up. He didn't like the Irish epitaph. You know what I mean?" JOURNALIST: "He looked a little wild." (SOUNDBITE) (English) UNITED STATES VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN: "Well he was. Well he's Celtic. That's why I named him. He's Irish." Earlier, a small group of demonstrators had taken to the streets to protest what they say are U.S. plans to store nuclear waste in the country. They chanted "No nuclear, go home!" The protest was organized by the Mongolian Green Party, which accuses its government of using high-tech co-operation with the U.S. as a façade for developing sites for dumping nuclear waste. The government denies this. Nick Rowlands, Reuters.