Another “axis”: China ‘strategic partnership’ with Turkey

ETYEN MAHÇUPYAN – Why is Turkey drifting apart from the EU?

Only 10 years ago it seemed difficult for Muslim Turkey, which was struggling to attain economic stability, had an underdeveloped democracy and suffered from the conviction that the only way it could be modern was under military tutelage, to become a part of the European Union.

Turkey sees Greece as partner, not threat, adviser says

from Hurriyet Dailynews
Turkey views Greece as a partner rather than a threat amid warming ties between the traditional Aegean rivals, a Turkish adviser said Friday.

“Zero Problems, Maximum Trade”: Chinese Edition

from Istanbul Calling by Yigal Schleifer

In July of 2009, after dozens of Uighurs were killed or went missing in the wake of ethnic riots in western China’s Xinjiang province, Turkish merchants were setting fire to Chinese-made products, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan claimed a “genocide” had been committed and a diplomatic crisis between Ankara and Beijing appeared to be brewing. (For more details, take a look at these previous posts.)

Turkey, China sign cooperation deals

from Yahoo news
China and Turkey have signed eight agreements to strengthen trade and cooperation between the two countries that are among the world’s fastest growing economies.

Wen hails ‘strategic partnership’ with Turkey

from – World, Europe
Turkey and China want to treble bilateral trade to $50bn within five years, their prime ministers said, after meetings aimed at strengthening political and business ties between two of the fastest growing economies in the G20

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