Monday, June 19, 2017

“One Belt, One Road” Project and Turkish-Chinese Relations in a Strategic Perspective

Sadık Ünay

THE NEW TURKEY - June 17, 2017

As the center of gravity of the global political economy is rapidly shifting from the Atlantic to the Asia-Pacific region, the relative importance and influence of the rising powers in the multipolar global system continue to increase. In this context, the attention in public opinion focusing on Turkey-China relations is quite natural given that China is the world's leading rising power that gradually erodes Western institutional, economic and technological hegemony; while Turkey is the leading rising power in the Middle East, Balkans and Caucasus axis.
As far as Turkey's foreign policy options are concerned; it is obvious that the country's approaches and policy choices especially with regards to regional geopolitical developments have radically diverted from the stances of the US and the EU since the reversal of the Arab Spring via authoritarian coups, foreign interventions and civil wars.