August 31, 2016 - Asia Times
By Altay Atli
With the ratification of the Sino-Turkish Agreement for Cooperation in
Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy by the Turkish parliament last week,
Ankara and Beijing have officially become nuclear partners. While this development is likely to add fuel to the recently popular yet rather ill-founded proposition that Turkey is distancing itself from its Western partners in the aftermath of the failed coup attempt of July 15, the agreement has been, in fact, long in the making. Instead of seeking geopolitical reorientation, Turkey is making efforts to address the pressing needs of its mildly growing economy, such as upgrading technological capabilities and securing access to clean energy; and the ratification of the agreement with China appears as a promising step toward those ends, although at the moment its concrete outcomes remain to be seen.