Turkish Gaullism and the China deal
October 28, 2013
ISTANBUL (CIHAN)- It is no secret that Washington is seriously concerned about Turkey's decision to build a missile defense system with a Chinese firm. Turkish officials said in September that Turkey is likely to choose the FD-2000 missile defense system from the China Precision Machinery Import-Export Corporation (CPMIEC), which is under US sanctions for violations of the Iran, North Korea and Syria Nonproliferation Act. NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen has also voiced concern about Turkey buying a system that is not compatible with those of other members. The technical rationale behind Ankara's choice is that the Chinese company will be more generous than Western ones in sharing technology with Turkey.
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