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Peter Bittner

Peter Bittner

Peter Bittner was formerly an Editorial Assistant at The Diplomat.

A former Fulbright Fellow to Mongolia, Peter is now a freelance journalist based in Ulaanbaatar. In addition to his writing and photography, Peter is honing his skills in videography, data visualization, and emerging immersive platforms. He received a Masters in Journalism with a concentration in New Media at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism.

Peter earned his BA at the University of Puget Sound in International Political Economy. He has traveled to over a dozen Asian countries and enjoys chronicling his travels.

His reporting has appeared in a wide range of publications in the United States and Asia including The UB Post, The Oakland North, The Earth Journalism Network, Internews, Education Week, and the Asia Society.

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Posts by Peter Bittner
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July 05, 2016

Interview: Mongolian Foreign Minister Lundeg Purevsuren

By Peter Bittner
The minister discusses the ASEM summit, the elections in Mongolia, and relations with China, Russia, and the U.S.
July 01, 2016

Mongolia Votes

By Peter Bittner
The Diplomat's Peter Bittner provides a first-hand look at election day in Mongolia's capital, Ulaanbaatar.

July 01, 2016

Mongolian People’s Party Routs Democratic Party in Parliamentary Elections

By Peter Bittner
Independent observers called the election orderly and competitive, but tainted by last-minute electoral legislation.

June 29, 2016

Tensions High as Mongolians Cast Ballots in Parliamentary Elections

By Peter Bittner
Fears of potential unrest have led the capital city to ban public assembly, alcohol sales.

June 28, 2016

China, Russia, Mongolia Sign Long-Awaited Economic Partnership Agreement

By Peter Bittner
The below-the-radar trilateral deal could have lasting effects on the region
June 21, 2016

A Change of Address for Mongolia

By Peter Bittner
Mongolia sets precedent with plans for adoption of new three-word address system this summer.

June 15, 2016

US Cabinet Officials Pull Out of China Cyber Talks After Orlando Shooting

By Peter Bittner
As U.S. representatives attended to the domestic crisis; meetings in Beijing moved to the sub-ministerial level.
June 11, 2016

China’s Vice Premier Promotes Silk Road Economic Belt on 4-Country Tour

By Peter Bittner
Zhang Gaoli sought to drum up interest in the ambitious trade and infrastructure network in the Caucasus.

June 10, 2016

US-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue: Key Takeaways

By Peter Bittner
Small victories achieved, but large gaps remain between the U.S. and China on a number of policy fronts.

June 08, 2016

US Secretary of State Lauds Mongolia’s Democracy, Calls for Greater Transparency

By Peter Bittner
In his day-long visit ahead of U.S.-China talks, Kerry struck a balance of high praise and mild criticism.

June 06, 2016

Mitsubishi Apologizes to Chinese WWII Forced Laborers

By Peter Bittner
After 70 years, justice for survivors and their families… but not for everyone
June 03, 2016

China FM’s Reprimanding of Canadian Journalist the Tip of the Iceberg

By Peter Bittner
The incident is a sign of China's larger issues with journalists -- and press freedom is only getting worse.

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