Eyes on Ankara
Turkey Weighs NATO, Chinese Missile Offers Again
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  • Xiangyang

    there is another perspective or way of seeing it. Instead of “Turkey continues to play the U.S and China against one Another”, it is actually “Turkey is caught between a rock and a hard Place, and is desperately trying to find a way out”.
    On the one hand, NATO and U.S. will not allow a deal with China, one the other hand, if Turkey buys missile from the west with double the price (including the Tech transfer if it can get it), the Turkish government has to explain to the population: 1. why they have to pay such ransom price? 2. Turkish pride is at stake, the country is bent under the open threat and pressure of it’s own “friend”. Either way Turkish government is the losser, the difference is just how.
    The out-come is that: NATO gain nothing in terms of the deal, it is no surprise if they get it, but may push the Turkish populatoin eastward further. The Turkish government will loose, either its own reputation or its NATO ally. The Chinese seems get a free advertisement for their missile, after all the Chinese deal not only is highest value for Money, but actually best in the shooting range according to the Turkish.

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