ANKARA — Turkey government has come under internal political pressure to suspend defense relations with China. ShareThis
Turkish government sources said Prime Minister Recep Erdogan has received appeals from Islamist parliamentarians to suspend defense projects with China. The sources said many members of the ruling Justice and Development Party have been angered by China’s crackdown on Uighur Muslims.
“Nothing has been affected yet, but there is a threat that Erdogan will have to respond to the Chinese crackdown,” a government source said.
The sources said Turkey has been closely monitoring the Chinese crackdown on Uighurs in the Xinjiang. Uighurs speak a Turkish dialect and have been supported by Islamic associations linked to Erdogan’s party.