Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Anti-China protests in Turkey take toll on economic ties

July 06, 2015, Monday/ TODAY'S ZAMAN WITH REUTERS/ ISTANBUL 

While nationwide anti-China protests over Chinese authorities' treatment of Uighur Muslims in autonomous Xinjiang show no signs of abating across Turkey, the souring relations have begun to affect economic ties, with several Chinese companies freezing their investment projects in Turkey.
Relations between China and Turkey have deteriorated over Beijing's policies toward the Uighur people, whose traditional home is in the far western region of Xinjiang. Many Turks see themselves as sharing religious and cultural ties with Uighurs, who have reportedly been banned from worship and fasting during the holy month of Ramadan.
There were new protests in various parts of Turkey on Monday. The sensitive issue began to take a toll on economic relations, with Chinese mining companies and other businessmen suspending their programs and visits in coming weeks in Turkey.

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