In the wake of ErdoIan’s visit to China

Turkey is so polarized that when you pen an article, everyone is concerned not about its content, but about with which affiliations you write it. You are force to side with either position. Thus, you are supposed to praise or criticize the Justice and Development Partyand’s (AK Party) policies. When people asked to the camel andquotWhich one do you like: ascent or descent?andquot the camel replied, andquotIsnand’t there an option for flat road?andquot
Werenand’t people unfair regarding President Recep Tayyip Erdoganand’s visit to China? If another Turkish president had visited China, wouldnand’t he have had to aocate similar policies? Promoting Chinaand’s territorial integrity, trying to make Uighurs and other Muslim populations in China grounds for cooperation, not a source of tension between the two countries, asking for Turkeyand’s active participation in Chinaand’s 21st Century Silk Road Project, Turkeyand’s efforts to acquire from China the long-range missile, space and nuclear energy technology which the West has been withholding and Turkeyand’s wishing to boost its exports to China are part of Turkeyand’s, not Erdoganand’s, policy. Chinese contractors have completed the second phase of the high-speed railway between Ankara and Istanbul. They are now keen to take part in other railway projects including the high-speed railway between Kars and Edirne. Turkeyand’s intention to become a member of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) or the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) should not be perceived as an axis shift. Membership in these organizations is not an alternative to Ankaraand’s bid to join the European Union rather it is complementary to it. It is one of the building blocks of Turkeyand’s efforts to integrate with the rest of the world. In 2012, Turkey was granted the Dialogue Partner status at the SCO. In assessing this move, Chinese academics noted that this decision was revolutionary both for the SCO and Turkey. They tried to find an answer to the question, andquotHow can China and Turkey boost cooperation within the SCO?andquot Turkey seeks to increase its economic relations (concessions in exports and investments) with China via the SCO. This applies to Turkeyand’s membership to ASEAN.
President of the Peopleand’s Republic of China Xi Jinping and Erdogan had announced that the Silk Road should be revived. Chinese and Turkish authorities are keen to develop this project, supported by both leaders. The Silk Road may ensure joint action between the two countries in investments and commercial ties in Central Asia, the South Caucasus and the Balkans. It may pave the way for attracting Chinese investments in Turkey. Chinese investors tend to work with Chinese workers and engineers. But the Turkish Labor Ministry doesnand’t approve of it. In general, the Chinese are working illegally in Turkey. China is Turkeyand’s largest trade partner in Asia and its third largest trade partner in the world after Germany and Russia. The foreign trade between the two countries rose from $2 billion in 2002 to $28 billion in 2014. The main problem here is Turkeyand’s foreign trade deficit in its trade with China. The foreign trade deficit rose from $1.24 billion in 2002 to $22 billion in 2014. Turkey may boost its exports to China with new methods such as employing a form of ethnic economy — facilitating the settlement and employment of more Turks in China and more Chinese citizens of Han, Uighur and Hui origin in Turkey — increasing the number of Turkish youths who can speak Chinese, ensuring the entry of Turkish brands into China and attracting Chinese capital into Turkey.
Turkish-Chinese relations are growing faster than expected due to the rapid growth of both countries. The growth in bilateral relations should be restructured in terms of the number of diplomats, consulates, commercial attaches and embassy buildings. A multidimensional and multifaceted form of relations is needed. The existing no longer fits us.