Envisioning the Asia-Pacific Century: Turkey between the United States and China
How will Turkey position itself between the United States and China while those states are in competition? After the Justice and Development Party (AKP) came to power, Turkey’s relations with China have become an important foreign policy issue. In general, the AKP contextualized its new China policy as part of its new multi-dimensional, dynamic foreign-policy doctrine. Turkish foreign policy oscillates between the strategic and the economic poles, which are not always compatible. The economic aspect, not the strategic one, is likely to play the key role in determining Turkey’s position in a possible competition between the United States and China.