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The power bloc: Turkey is done with the EU, and now eyeing a Pakistan, Russia, China alliance

The power bloc: Turkey is done with the EU, and now eyeing a Pakistan, Russia, China alliance

The power bloc

A power bloc may just be formed from the friendship between Ankara, Islamabad, Russia and China. As celebrations are ongoing for the 70 years of diplomatic ties between Turkey and Pakistan, the long economic relations between Ankara and Islamabad bring China and Russia together to form a formidable four-nation bloc.

The relationship between Pakistan and Turkey has dated back to several centuries and this has been the foundation for bringing the two nations together that could possibly gain from the power bloc, that is,  China from Pakistan’s side and Russia from Turkey’s side,

Erdogan wants to join China-Russia bloc via Pakistan

Both nations have traded more diplomatic trips and signed military deals worth millions of dollars but Turkey was the first to start speculations about possibly having a power bloc with China, Pakistan and Russia in November. The Turkish President, Tayyip Erdogan declared publicly his country’s intent to joining a bloc dominated by Russia and China and give up hope on joining the European Union.

He made relevant suggestions towards the seemingly Turkish regime’s polices in the wake of the failed coup which was anti government in July 2016. Erdogan declared joining forces with China, Pakistan, and Russia amidst the criticisms for his policies with the coup conspirators. The EU  has been delaying talks about the membership of Turkey and this has enraged the Erdogan government and now more motivated to seek this powerful bloc as an alternative.

Recently, the Shanghai cooperation Organization (SCO) led by China and Russia has caught the interest of Erdogan. The game changer for the world would be Ankara joining the most ambitious organization in Eurasia. This could help to give rise to the China-Russia-Pakistan-Turkey power bloc and an even more powerful and formidable military and economy compared to China-Russia-Pakistani-Triangle.

Why has the time come?

The first time the Turkish military, Janissary Mehter band which was established in 1299 took part in the recent Pakistan Day Parade. It was met with a standing ovation when it played ‘Jeeway (Long Live) Pakistan.

Turkey has always been a close ally to Pakistan on many international issues, especially backing Pakistan’s stance on the issue of Kashmir. Last year, Turkey disagreed to back India on joining the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) but supported the membership of Pakistan in the NSG.

Erdogan, during his visit to Islamabad in November, reiterated that his country is eager to strengthen ties with Pakistan. This visit was months after the Turkish President visited Moscow where Putin discussed strengthening of economic, diplomatic and military ties. What this means is that the four nations are coming together from all directions and could likely form a four nation power bloc in the near future.

Turkey to join China, Russia-led bloc, not EU

Criticisms from the west  has plagued the President’s persona in the last few months, if his country officially joins forces with China, Russia and Pakistan thereby giving up the long hopes of joining the EU over the decades, this would make more sense, same thing the Turkish President suggested a some time back.

There’s a higher chance for Turkey with respect to joining China and Russia led SCO than that of the EU. As Ankara holds vital importance for Eurasia and has served as a prominent ally for the organization, Turkey should expect deeper relations within the SCO says the Chinese Foreign Minister. In December, China has agreed to consider Turkey’s application to join the Chinese and Russia dominated bloc.

Erdogan has reinstated that Turkey should pursue joining the SCO and that Turkey doesn’t need to be part of the EU ‘at all costs’. His statements came in after he cleansed his country’s military following the failed coup in July 2016 and an aftermath of plummeting relations and a lack of trust between Ankara and the West. Pakistan, China and Russia supported with him firmly and expressed solidarity with Turkey while the West critiqued his methods of punishing the organizers of the attempted coup during his government.

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Are Turkey-Pakistan-China-Russia coming together soon?

China, Pakistan, Turkey and Russia has stepped up efforts to strengthen ties within the bloc. They seem to be gearing towards the creation of a four nation power bloc

China enjoys a close partnership with Pakistan and Russia relies on stability in its relations with Turkey. Russia seems to be abandoning India, it’s top Asian ally for several decades and restoring ties with Turkey and warming up to China on all fronts and strengthening ties with Pakistan. Recently, Pakistan has started getting diplomatic, military and economic support from Russia and has been particularly close to China and Turkey for years.

Turkey is still one of the major allies in terms of diplomacy, trade, economic ties and defense cooperation of the Pakistan. With China, Ankara has enjoyed stable economic and military ties but their bilateral relations are set to hit the roof after the support showed by China over the attempted July 2016 coup during Erdogan regime. As for Russia and Turkey, after the Turkish Air force downed a Russian jet in 2015, it took a strain on their bilateral relations, recently Moscow and Ankara, are beginning to restore ties.

They seem to be focused towards creating a power bloc of four allied nations between Ankara, Beijing, Moscow and Islamabad.

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Guillermo Calvo Mahe
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Interesting speculation but India may prove a wild card. On the other hand, if India somehow became a member and settled differences with Pakistan and China, the world would turn a new page.

Freethinking Влади́мир
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Freethinking Влади́мир

How would this stop Turkey from pursuing membership of the SCO?

Guillermo Calvo Mahe
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Not in joining this bloc but in a broader new world order perspective given India’s role in the BRICS, and the consequences to the emerging economic alternatives.

Freethinking Влади́мир
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Freethinking Влади́мир

Ah I see. It’s hard to tell. Turkey is underestimated.

Gonzogal
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Gonzogal

India also has to choose via a FIRM decision if it is going to continue to be a tool of the sinking US against China and OBOR or if it wants to align with the future and go definitively with BRICS.

Simon
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Simon

I think the article is flawed, perhaps because the author may have an understandable sympathy with Pakistan – but mainly because of its assumption that the SCO is some kind of Bloc. The world is not dividing into a bi-polar structure again. Rather it is a choice between a unipolar US hegemonic model and multipolarity of sovereign nations. All the Euraisan and other new forums/banks etc are much loser and flexible than say the EU, NATO or IMF. They constantly assert sovereignty and equality. If we accept that premise then Turkey is the country, indeed the most important country, which… Read more »

Freethinking Влади́мир
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Freethinking Влади́мир

Good points, though Russia is not a “truly” sovereign player. For that, Israel has too much influence in Russia. Exactly this type of comment got me banned on Fort Russ, that alone is a hint, and I’m half Russian who lived and worked there!

I believe China is the real sovereign nation here, prisoner only to their own politics related to economics.

Simon
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Simon

Vladimir, one can’t deny that there is a very powerful Jewish/Zionist lobby in Russia. But there is also an Armenian lobby and a Tatar etc etc. But as you know – the only ones who have to change their surnames just to be in the ‘elite’ are the Jews.. Compare and contrast with the USA, where a Jewish name is the opposite – a ticket to high office. Russia is friendly with Israel because much of Israel is ‘Russian’, it is practically a colony. But I disagree that Israel controls Russia in the way that it controls the US. Far… Read more »

Freethinking Влади́мир
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Freethinking Влади́мир

I didn’t claim that Israel conrols Russia the way it does control the US. Funny, exactly this I had already included in my quote on Fort Russ lol.
What I claim is that the Jewish and Israeli might in Russia is too big to claim that Russia is a truly sovereign state. Nothing more and nothing less I said.

Simon
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Simon

Then that does not make sense. Influence, power – fine, but so what if there is no control? eg. Kadyrov or Muslims have far more numbers and lots of influence in Russia too.. If Russia makes a choice – its own choice – taking into account all the various lobbies and influences. Then it is SOVEREIGN. It is when you don’t have a choice because someone else dictates it to you that you have no sovereignty. To date Russia have not fired at any Israeli plane attacking Syria. I suspect you think that is a sign of lack of sovereignty… Read more »

samo war
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samo war
gbardizbanian
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gbardizbanian

Whoever joins Turkey will be in deep trouble. Never trust Turkey! WWI with germany, WWII “neutral”, invasion of Cyprus, friends with Israël then friends with Palestinians, suppliers of ISIS then waging war against jihadists, killing of Kurds in Eastern Turkey, ready to shamelessly accuse countries of genocide against muslims when they have committed the first genocide of the 20th century against Armenians. Who wants Turkey as an ally or partner?

Trauma2000
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Trauma2000

You state some very compelling points.

Turkey are ‘fair weather friends’ who always place their own interests first. That will be troublesome depending on the ‘balance of power’ in the Middle East.

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Shahna
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Which nations do not place their own interests first?

gbardizbanian
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gbardizbanian

I find this photo surreal. Here’s why: Would Angela Merkel be treated like Erdogan if she kept repeating that the Holocaust had never happened? Erdogan is treated like an honorable head of state while at the same time denying the Armenian genocide! Shame on the “international community” for accepting in its fold the inheritor of the first genocide of the 20th century.

DenLilleAbe
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DenLilleAbe

I think the BRICS countries are going o take it rather slowly on Turkey, seen in the light of Erdogan’s Empire aspirations. Syria and Russia also had a kershuffle with Erdogan, its hardly forgotten.

Gio Con
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Gio Con

Nations don’t have “friends” or “friendships” — they have interests, and their alliances shift when their interests change.

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