Turkey Hedges Its Bets by Positioning as a Supply Chain Alternative to China

A Turkish-US business council is promoting Turkey as a trading alternative to China with the help of influential US Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, a close associate of President Donald Trump.


The Turkish effort to promote itself as a supply chain alternative to China comes two weeks after President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan heralded a new era in long-strained relations with Washington.

Graham’s agreement to participate in a webinar organized by the Turkey American Business Council (TAIK), an affiliate of the Foreign Economic Relations Board of Turkey (DEIK), the country’s oldest and largest business association, comes amid Turkish efforts to improve relations with the US as a hedge to its ties to Russia.

“The growing rift between the United States and China creates significant opportunity for geopolitical cooperation. Turkey and the United States would both benefit economically,” said a Turkish businessman.

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Πηγή: besacenter.org

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