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Turkey’s missile defense deal with notorious ‘China Precision Machinery’ worries U.S.

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The U.S. government has sent NATO ally Turkey a message expressing “serious concerns” over Ankara’s decision to choose a Chinese state-run weapons firm to co-produce an air and missile defense system known as the Red Flag-9 or HQ-9.

China Precision Machinery Import and Export Corp office in Beijing and inset of the launcher vehicle it will produce for Turkey.   /Reuters/Kim Kyung-Hoon

China Precision Machinery Import and Export Corp office in Beijing and inset of the launcher vehicle it will produce for Turkey. /Reuters/Kim Kyung-Hoon

China is still under sanctions by the U.S. and most European Union nations.

Yet, Turkey sidelined bids from the U.S., Russia and EU defense companies and chose China Precision Machinery Import and Export Corp instead.

The Chinese firm has been heavily involved in illegal weapons deals with North Korea, Iran and Syria over the years and has been repeatedly sanctioned by the U.S. government.

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