China dismisses worries over Turkey missile deal

BEIJING Tue Oct 8, 2013 5:23am EDT

The logo of China Precision Machinery Import and Export Corp (CPMIEC) is seen at its headquarters in Beijing September 27, 2013. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

The logo of China Precision Machinery Import and Export Corp (CPMIEC) is seen at its headquarters in Beijing September 27, 2013.

Credit: Reuters/Kim Kyung-Hoon

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's Foreign Ministry dismissed concerns about Turkey's decision to co-produce a missile defense system with a Chinese firm, saying on Tuesday that the United States and others were needlessly politicizing a purely commercial deal.

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

Some NATO diplomats have also said integrating a Chinese system into NATO's defenses 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 cooperation between the Chinese firm and Turkey is normal military cooperation between the two countries," she told a daily news briefing in Beijing.

"We hope that all relevant parties can objectively and rationally view this cooperation, and should not politicize normal commercial competition."

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

Turkey's Defense Ministry said last month it favored China Precision Machinery Import and Export Corp's (CPMIEC) FD-2000 missile defense system over more expensive rival systems from Russian, U.S. 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.

(Reporting by Ben Blanchard; Editing by Ron Popeski)

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Comments (5)
CountryPride wrote:
There is nothing to worry about, just sit back, relax, and let us steal all your secrets and technology, that way we can put your companies out of business and you will have no choice but to buy from us!

Oct 08, 2013 9:43am EDT  --  Report as abuse
ICUP wrote:
If the US was really concerned, then they would have not held back Turkey Technologically for the past 10-15 years. A simple tech transfer could have stopped this, but no, this just brings out the hostility of the Europeans and Americans on the Turks. The Chinese saw an opportunity and they took it, Haters gunna hate

Oct 08, 2013 11:44am EDT  --  Report as abuse
MikeBarnett wrote:
China has been fighting islamic insurgents in Xinjiang for many years. China has been fighting Somali pirates in the International Naval Force for many years. China sold several squadrons of fighter/bombers to Pakistan in 2010 that were used to attack Taliban forces in the tribal border areas of Pakistan. China, Russia and four of the “stans” in the SCO have agreed to watch Afghanistan after the US and NATO leave in 2014. Russia has been fighting rebels in Chechnya for over two decades. China and Russia are de facto military allies of the US and NATO, just as they were allies of the US in WWII. The US did not adopt the political systems of Russia and China in WWII, and the US does not need to change its political system today. The US and EU are in danger of bankruptcy, so any help that China and Russia can afford for the common war against islamic insurgents would help the US and its other allies. This deal is not a threat; it is a necessary answer to the increasing bankruptcy of the US and its NATO allies after 12 years of badly fought wars and interventions. China, Russia, and the “stans” in the SCO might not be as “polite” as the US and NATO, but they may be more effective. Try it and see what happens.

Oct 08, 2013 6:14pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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