U.S. concerned about Turkey's choice of Chinese missile system
Man walks past the logo of China Precision Machinery Import and Export Corp at its headquarters in Beijing.
A man walks past the logo of China Precision Machinery Import and Export Corp (CPMIEC) at its headquarters …
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States said on Saturday it had expressed serious concerns to Turkey over its decision to co-produce a long-range air and missile defense system with a Chinese firm under U.S. sanctions.
Turkey, a member of the NATO military alliance, announced this week that it had chosen the FD-2000 missile defense system from China Precision Machinery Import and Export Corp, or CPMIEC, over rival systems from Russian, U.S. and European firms.
CPMIEC is under U.S. sanctions for violations of the Iran, North Korea and Syria Nonproliferation Act.
"We have conveyed our serious concerns about the Turkish government's contract discussions with a U.S.-sanctioned company for a missile defense system that will not be inter-operable with NATO systems or collective defense capabilities," a State Department spokeswoman said.
"Our discussions on this issue will continue."
Some Western defense analysts have said they were surprised by Turkey's decision, having expected the contract to go to Raytheon Co, a U.S. company that builds the Patriot missile, or the Franco/Italian Eurosam SAMP/T.
The United States, Germany and the Netherlands each sent two Patriot batteries and up to 400 soldiers to operate them to southeastern Turkey early this year after Ankara asked NATO for help with air defenses against possible missile attack from Syria.
Turkey has long been the United States' closest ally in the Middle Eastern region, bordering on the Soviet Union during the Cold War. The U.S. military exercised great influence over a Turkish military that had a strong hand in Turkey's politics.
Under Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, elected in 2002, the role of the Turkish military in politics has been curbed. Political and military relations between Ankara and Washington, while still close, play a less central role and that could be reflected in procurement policy.
(Reporting by Arshad Mohammed; Writing by Paul Simao; Editing by Peter Cooney)
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Robert 2 hours ago 2 69
Look back from WWI and WWII, there is no permanent ally, there's only national interests.
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Nihil 14 minutes ago 0 2
American components! Russian components! They're all made in Taiwan!!!
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Thomas 8 minutes ago 0 1
This is a great chance for the NATO to have a look at the capabilities of Chinese rockets without having to hack into their computers. So what if they press the button and it goes Phssssttt...
Matthew 8 minutes ago 0 0
If the Turks are planning to integrate that missile on a US made platform, they'll need the source codes for the software. That will be difficult to obtain, both from a technical and contractual standpoint.
Chinh 2 hours ago 1 29
It's understandable; while the US industrial base is shrinking, the Chinese industrial base is growing. Everything we use is made in China; nothing is made in the US; simply take a look at your bikes, watches, cameras, Iphone, Ipads, laptops, foods. We mostly produce in abundance bankers, brokers, lawyers, MBA's. We import scientists, engineers,mathematicians, MD's.
paulm 9 minutes ago 0 1
Stop giving aid to Turkey for doing this. YOU can't buy the friendship of a terrorist country. America get smart - come on!