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The Adventures of Joe Biden in Mongolia

US Vice President Joe Biden (C) tries his hand at archery as Mongolian Prime Minister Sukhbaatar Batbold (2nd R) laughs during a mini Naadam staged in Biden's honour in Ulan Bator on August 22, 2011. Biden on August 22 hailed the United States' growing ties with Mongolia on a rare visit by an American leader to the Asian nation, which is opening up its vast coal reserves to foreign investors. AFP PHOTO / GOH CHAI HIN (Photo credit should read GOH CHAI HIN/AFP/Getty Images)

Joe Biden’s trip to China was fairly tense at times. First, his press corps was shoved around by Chinese officials, then the Georgetown basketball team was roughed up by its Chinese opponents. What Biden needed, before heading over to Japan today, was a carefree respite in friendly Mongolia. And he got one. Upon landing in Ulaanbaatar, the country’s capital, Biden was treated to a Naadam, a festival that involves wrestling, archery, and horse racing. It was an interesting day.

The Adventures of Joe Biden in Mongolia