Turkey and China: a study in symmetry

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Rosita Dellios and Nadir Kemal Yilmaz (2008) Turkey and China: a study in symmetry published in the Journal of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies (in Asia), Vol. 2, No. 1, 2008, pp. 13-30.

2008 HERDC submission. FoR Code: 2202

Copyright © Rosita Dellios and Nadir Kemal Yilmaz, 2008.


How symmetrical are Turkey and China despite the obvious differences in size and resources? And how are these reflected in their relations? The interface between symmetries and mutual relations is investigated through (1) economy and trade and (2) international relations. The best arena for developing closer relations is Eurasia, specifically through the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. The possibility of a Sino-Turkish axis of diplomacy would complement their wider security memberships and even bridge them. This represents a cooperative regional dynamic in which Turkey and China might participate more closely.

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