February 18, 2013

Mr. Erdogan Goes to Shanghai

Ariel Cohen, The National Interest

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How serious is Erdogan about jumping to SCO? As Daniel Pipes notes, the prime minister has established a record of straight talk. Pipes also cites a Turkish analyst’s observation that “The EU criteria demand democracy, human rights, union rights, minority rights, gender equality, equitable distribution of income, participation and pluralism for Turkey. SCO as a union of countries ruled by dictators and autocrats will not demand any of those criteria for joining.” Unlike the European Union, Shanghai members will not press Erdoğan to liberalize. Indeed, they may encourage his dictatorial tendencies that so many Turks already fear.

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TAGGED: China, Shanghai, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey

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