In response, "Demchugdongrub who put on airs about being the next Chinggis Khan, was exceptionally pleased." Nagabuchi compared airplanes to nomads and the sky to the
In the age when the Mongols conquered the entire world, those of the fastest speed were horses. In Mongolia, the horses were many. From now on, in this age of the airplane, the future lies in transportation across the sky, so the country with the most airplanes will master the globe.
steppe not only to appeal to the prince’s nationalist
sensibilities, but also to justify Japanese violations against
both Mongolian and Chinese sovereignty. In the logic of open
space, whether sky or steppe, conventional notions of
territoriality no longer held. In the uneven and uncertain
boundaries of the Japanese empire, these men saw
airplanes as the new nomads in defying and redefining
territoriality in a region of strategic significance.