Keywords: Sino-Turkish relations, China, Eurasia, Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, regionalism, Turkey, economic interdependence, multi-regional states, regional cooperation, bilateral relations, energy security, diplomacy, Middle East, business, globalisation, Asia-Pacific, multidisciplinary perspectives
Sino-Turkish relations in a globalising Asia-Pacific
Relations between China and Turkey are quiescent. In a globalising Asia-Pacific, however, they are unlikely to remain so. High economic interdependence in the presence of the rise of Asian and Eurasian powers suggest that China and Turkey as multi-regional states have a common interest in regional cooperation. It is within this context that bilateral relations are likely to develop. China's rapid rise means that its impact will not be confined to Pacific Asia. Increasingly, with the quest for energy security, China is setting its diplomatic compass westward to Eurasia and the Middle East. Thus, the regional setting for bilateral relations provides the key to the future of Sino-Turkish relations.