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Journal Article

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Dellios, R. and Yilmaz, N. K. (2008) Sino-Turkish relations in a globalising Asia-Pacific

Working Paper Series; No. 24, Oct. 2008.

Copyright © Rosita Dellios and Nadir Kemal Yilmaz and The Globalisation and Development Centre, Bond University, 2008.

Subsequently published as:
Dellios, R. and Yilmaz, N. K. (2010). Sino-Turkish relations in a globalising Asia-Pacific. International journal of business and globalisation, 4(3), 222-236.

2010 HERDC submission. FoR Code: 150300; 160600


Relations between China and Turkey are quiescent. In a globalizing Asia-Pacific, however, they are unlikely to remain so. High economic interdependence in the presence of the rise of Asian and Eurasian powers suggest that China and Turkey as multiregional states have a common interest in regional cooperation. It is within this context that bilateral relations are likely to develop. China’s rapid rise means that its impact will not be confined to Pacific Asia. Increasingly, with the quest for energy security, China is setting its diplomatic compass westward to Eurasia and the Middle East. With Russia - another multiregional state - proving itself a keen player in the energy sphere and its own geopolitical neighborhood, an intersection of interests will become more clearly discernible. Coming from different though not necessarily oppositional strategic camps, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), China and Turkey are well positioned at the eastern and western gates of Eurasia to frame a cooperative regionalism with global properties. The alternative would be a collision of interests with global repercussions. Thus the regional setting for bilateral relations provides the key to the future of Sino-Turkish relations. The theoretical perspective that best explains the development of Eurasia as a region of mutually constitutive relationships is social constructivism. This theoretical perspective accords with both Chinese and Turkish thought systems and the impact of global norm-building.