Turkey made a deal with the China Precision Machinery Import Export Corp (CPMIEC) on Oct. 3 for the FD-2000 missile defense system. Beating out competing Russian, American, and European manufacturers for the bid, CPMIEC is poised to become the first Chinese company to complete a major high-tech weapons deal with a NATO member. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psak raised concerns over the compatibility of the system with existing NATO technology, as well as with CPMIEC, which is currently under sanctions by the U.S. for violations of the Iran, North Korea, and Syria Nonproliferation Act. Murad Bayar, Turkey’s Undersecretary of Defense Industries at the Defense Ministry, said the deal is “highly likely” to go through and that it could be finalized within six months. (Aljazeera, Oct.1; Reuters, Oct. 2; Reuters, Oct. 3)
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Every week, China Program’s Senior Advisor Dr. Robert A. Kapp compiles a reading list and provides commentary, for you to better understand China.
Robert A. Kapp is senior advisor to the China Program at the Carter Center. He has been principal of Robert A. Kapp and Associates, a business consulting firm, since 2004. From 1994 through 2004 he served as President of the United States-China Business Council…