By Julian Dierkes
Yes, an actual meeting between Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump still seems somewhat unlikely, and the chance that it would happen in Ulaanbaatar is even smaller. But if it did happen … there are some plans to be made! After thinking about logistics, here are some not-so-serious suggestions.
What would we call the meeting?
- Steppe Summit
- Grassland Summit
- UB Summit
- 22UB Summit (get it, 2 to Ulaanbaatar?)
- Ger/Yurt Summit
- Tuul Summit (as in the Tuul River, but also the two participants…)
- Chinggis Summit
- Khaan Summit
- Kharkhorin Summit
Chat ‘Khan’ House meeting (referring to Chatham House)
— Chimguundari (@chimulya) April 18, 2018
Rendez vous in the fog ( although I assume there is no fog anymore)
— jangar tsembel (@jangar_tsembel) April 18, 2018
Mazalai Summit ᠮᠠᠵᠠᠭᠠᠯᠠᠢ ᠡᠭᠣᠯᠵᠠᠯᠲᠠ
— Wikibilig (@Wikibilig) April 23, 2018
No clear winner in this list yet. For now, I’ve started using #SteppeSummit on Twitter.
Most likely, the world and its journalists will come up with something cringe-y like the many variants of Minegolia and Moncoalia we’ve heard over the past decade. Surely, Chinggis Khaan will feature prominently in reporting. In the end, as condescending toward Mongolia as some of those puns and labels are, there’s probably little to be done about them.
Please leave more suggestions in the Comments!
Any Marco-Polo-inspired suggestions, John Fusco?
The Tag Line
And, the meeting would need some kind of slogan…
- Come wrestle the Mongolian president and world peace!
- Come talk among the (greyish) clouds
- If Chinggis could have nine places of worship in his capital, we can handle two nutty leaders!
- When a double-deel just isn’t enough.
Its meaning is profound, World is our Ger, Toono is our rooftop.
Let’s talk about world peace under our only roof ????
— Óðinn (@Jochen_mn) April 18, 2018
The “Genghis” all here! or Yes we Khan!
— David Williams (@Cdn_Jkrta) April 18, 2018
Activities, Photo Ops, Program for Accompanying Spouses
UB has the perfect site for the clown show. pic.twitter.com/FpRDcdD950
— Hans Frenken (@hansfrenken) April 16, 2018
Obviously, Trump and Kim would both have to try their hands at archery and be photographed doing so.
Also quite obviously, Pres. Battulga would not miss the opportunity to take the leaders to “his” giant Chinggis Khaan statue.
For accompanying first ladies – if any – cashmere would probably be the obvious choice, but horses could be an alternative.
For the state dinner, everyone seems to assume that a common like for burgers will win the day, but I enjoy the kimchi khushuur that have been popping up, but I’m not sure that Donald Trump can handle that kind of fire. Airag would obviously be the drink of choice.
I just want to see they drink “айраг” or “сүүтэй цай”.
— ianmoon (@ianmoon01707901) May 9, 2018