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Turkey joins Shanghai Cooperation Organisation

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  1. Rock n Rolla

    Rock n Rolla Lt. Colonel STAR MEMBER

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    Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu (R) and Secretary-General of SCO Dmitry Mezentsev

    NATO member Turkey signed up on Friday to became a "dialogue partner" of a security bloc dominated by China and Russia, and declared that its destiny is in Asia.

    "This is really a historic day for us," Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said in Kazakhstan's commercial capital Almaty after signing a memorandum of understanding with Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Secretary General Dmitry Mezentsev.

    "Now, with this choice, Turkey is declaring that our destiny is the same as the destiny of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) countries."

    China, Russia and four Central Asian nations - Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan - formed the SCO in 2001 as a regional security bloc to fight threats posed by radical Islam and drug trafficking from neighbouring Afghanistan.

    Since then, Central Asia's former imperial master Russia has watched with unease China's economic expansion in the resource-rich region, with Beijing investing billions of dollars in oil and gas and issuing large loans to local governments.

    Turkey has displayed interest in closer ties with the SCO at a time when it is upset by the slow progress of accession talks with the European Union.

    Ankara began talks on joining the EU in 2005 but has only completed one of the 35 policy areas, or "chapters", every candidate must conclude to be allowed entry due to disagreements largely over the divided island of Cyprus.

    Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan has called Turkey's wait to join the bloc "unforgivable" and has accused Brussels of not being a fair or genuine negotiating partner.

    While China vies with Russia and the West for access to Central Asia's vast natural resources, some analysts view the SCO as a potential counter-balance to NATO.

    Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan speak Turkic languages, and while pledging to cooperate with the SCO economically and in fighting terrorist threats and drug trade together, Davutoglu stressed common historic roots.

    "Turkey will be part of a family, which is composed of the countries which lived together not for centuries - for millennia," he said.

    Turkey's "dialogue partner" status, also granted to Sri Lanka and ex-Soviet state Belarus, is below that of observer status held by India, Pakistan, Mongolia, Iran and Afghanistan which participate in SCO meetings but have no right to vote.

    Davutoglu, upbeat and smiling, stressed however that this status was "just the beginning".

    "I hope at the next summit in (the Kyrgyz capital) Bishkek we will be present, as well as at ministerial meetings," Davutoglu said. "This is the beginning of a long way, walking together, hand in hand and shoulder to shoulder."

    Strategic shift: Turkey joins the China, Russia led Shanghai Cooperation Organisation : World, News - India Today
     
  2. INDIAN NATIONALIST

    INDIAN NATIONALIST Major SENIOR MEMBER

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    Turkey has really been a model Islamic nation. It's taken full advantage of its position in Eurasia to play all sides of the field when the opportunity arises, simultaneously part of NATO & now SCO. Unlike other Southern European nations, manufacturing and service industry has really taken off. And it is doing more and more of its own R&D for its military.

    Unlike Iran, it has managed to reconcile its major ideological factions, secular nationalists, liberal democrats, and Islamists toward common national interests, and amazingly it has managed to side with Palestinians without breaking relations even with Israel.

    So long as it can continue to contain regressive religious fundamentalist elements in politics and culture, I think its military, political, and industrial hegemony looks set to continue expanding.
     
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  3. Rock n Rolla

    Rock n Rolla Lt. Colonel STAR MEMBER

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    If it wasn't an Islamic country, Turkey would've joined EU by now.
     
  4. Himanshu Pandey

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    So now turkey want to play with rising powers rather then todays power... by the way this step will give a good boost to SCO and now it is on door step of exploding arab nations..

    it has so many possibilities if played right it can create a nightmare for europe and USA
     
  5. Rock n Rolla

    Rock n Rolla Lt. Colonel STAR MEMBER

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    Really...Tell me when you wake up from your dream. The British could have conquered Nepal but didn't. Time for some HISTORY lessons.

    Anglo-Nepalese War - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
     
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