By Altay Atli
ASIA TIMES - July 29, 2015
Relations between Turkey and China have been going through a sour period recently.
Media reports on Chinese government’s decision to ban Ramadan fasting
for public servants, teachers and students in Xinjiang caused public
outrage in Turkey, which was further fuelled through disinformation
spreading through social media.
Many in Turkey expressed distaste with China’s policies, a number of
demonstrations were held, which in some cases turned violent. Turkey’s
Foreign Ministry summoned the Chinese ambassador in Ankara to express
concerns about the developments in Xinjiang, and China in turn expressed
its own concerns about Ankara’s stance on the issue.
In the meantime, allegations were brought up about Turkish diplomats
in Asia providing travel documents to illegal Uyghur migrants to
facilitate their journey to Turkey. Reports about Uyghurs using Turkey
as a gateway into Syria where they joined the jihadists made matters
even more complicated.