April 21, 2012

Turkey and China's Awkward Diplomacy

Peter Lee, Asia Times

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If there was a message from China to visiting Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan this month, it was that Beijing doesn't need his leadership in the Middle East. Instead of relieving tensions over Syria, Turkey is trapped in a frontline confrontation and increasingly viewed as a Western poodle. As Erdogan forfeits Turkey's status as an honest broker, China, with close economic ties to Saudi Arabia and Iran, is stepping in to try to take that role. 

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TAGGED: Middle East, China, Beijing, Syria, Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Prime Minister


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