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China dismisses worries over Turkey missile deal

China’s Foreign Ministry says United States and others are politicising a purely commercial deal

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 08 October, 2013, 5:33pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 08 October, 2013, 10:34pm
 

China’s Foreign Ministry dismissed concerns about Turkey’s decision to co-produce a missile defence system with a Chinese firm, saying on Tuesday that the United States and others were needlessly politicising a purely commercial deal.

Both the United States and Nato have expressed worry about the US$3.4 billion deal, saying the system would not be compatible with those of Turkey’s other allies.

We hope that all relevant parties can objectively and rationally view this co-operation, and should not politicise normal commercial competition
Hua Chunying, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman

Some Nato diplomats have also said integrating a Chinese system into Nato’s defences would raise cyber-security concerns and issues about Nato swapping technical data with a Chinese firm.

But Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said there was nothing to worry about, especially as China had very strict rules on arms exports to ensure no impact on regional or global peace and stability.

“The co-operation between the Chinese firm and Turkey is normal military co-operation between the two countries,” she told a daily news briefing in Beijing.

“We hope that all relevant parties can objectively and rationally view this co-operation, and should not politicise normal commercial competition.”

Turkey has said it is likely to sign the deal, though its decision is not yet final.

Turkey’s Defence Ministry said last month it favoured China Precision Machinery Import and Export Corporation’s (CPMIEC) FD-2000 missile defence system over more expensive rival systems from Russian, US and European firms.

The United States announced sanctions on CPMIEC in February for violations of the Iran, North Korea and Syria Nonproliferation Act.

Turkey has said the selection was not politically motivated, and that the Chinese offer met Turkey’s main demands of price and the ability to place much of the production in Turkey.

For China, the deal would be a breakthrough in its bid to become a supplier of advanced weapons.

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Nato and US are such control freaks who cannot stand that China has making success and unlikely will stop anytime. What is the problem with China making positive contribution to the world and its own? Has ever China ask questions about US and Nato provide advance technology to others? Why the world has to be dominated by Nato and US?

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