China dismisses worries over Turkey missile deal
BEIJING (REUTERS) - China's Foreign Ministry dismissed concerns about Turkey's decision to co-produce a missile defence system with a Chinese firm, saying on Tuesday that the United States and others were needlessly politicising a purely commercial deal.
Both the United States and Nato have expressed worry about the US$3.4 billion (S$4.2 billion) deal, saying the system would not be compatible with those of Turkey's other allies.
Some Nato diplomats have also said integrating a Chinese system into Nato's defences would raise cyber-security concerns and issues about Nato swapping technical data with a Chinese firm.
But Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said there was nothing to worry about, especially as China had very strict rules on arms exports to ensure no impact on regional or global peace and stability.