China has dismissed concerns about Turkey’s decision to co-produce a missile defense system with a Chinese firm, Shanghai Daily reported Wednesday. Beijing accused the United States and other countries of politicizing a purely commercial transaction, the report said. The US and its allies in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), of which Turkey is a member, have expressed worry about the US$3.4 billion deal, saying the system would not be compatible with those of Ankara’s other allies. Also, some NATO diplomats have said integrating a Chinese system into NATO’s defenses would raise cyber security concerns and issues about NATO swapping technical data with a Chinese firm, the report said. However, Beijing said there is nothing to worry about, especially as China has strict rules on arms exports, Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying was quoted as saying.
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