Oktay Kucukdeirmenci
Oktay Kucukdeirmenci
SCMP Contributor
Oktay Kucukdeirmenci is a PhD candidate in the department of international politics in Shandong University. His research interests are China and Japan’s foreign policy, Sino-Japanese relations and Cold War history.

Beijing and Ankara have been strategic partners for years, with Türkiye serving as a key node on one of China’s Belt and Road trade routes. Diverging attitudes towards the Middle East kept them from upgrading relations, but that may be about to change.

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